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Sabres come up big against Rangers, win 4-1

Mar 23, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

By the time this post publishes, this probably won’t be true any longer, but the Buffalo Sabres climbed into the East’s top eight for a precious few minutes. They did so by beating the conference’s No. 1 seed, winning a statement game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden 4-1.

The Washington Capitals are moments away from bumping them out of the top eight even if they lose – it appears their big game against the Winnipeg Jets is about to go to overtime – yet the bottom line is that the Sabres are staying in the picture. (Update: the Capitals did indeed lose to the Jets, but in overtime. Check out this post for an updated look at the bubble race.)

This marks a four-game winning streak for Ryan Miller & Co, a scary sight for the East’s top teams. The odds still seem to be against them, but let’s be honest; if you were the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins or Boston Bruins, would you want to face the Sabres instead of – say – the uneven Capitals or Jets?

Buffalo still has a way to go before they have a chance to make a top seed awfully nervous in the first round, but wins like these improve its odds substantially.

  1. scottybcboy - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    As a Bruin fan I would rather play the Caps, Jets or Sens before the Sabres….Miller scares the hell out of me in a seven game series, he can win two or three all by himself.

    • bagjr387 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      i agree except the fact that last time we played, the B’s flexed and overpowered the sabres. but if we pass ottawa we could meet up in the 1st round

      • duster1982 - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM

        and the time before that the Sabres won, and the time before that the Sabres blew out the Bruins.

      • screecwe - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM

        Erm, Enroth was in net

  2. murtdurt - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    What’s up with the nyr?

    • eastcoastcynic - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      The Rangers are offensively challenged. Not a lot of snipers on that team. Mostly a lot of goals generated through guys just playing hard (overachieving I suspect) and sometimes that isn’t enough to generate offense and if their defense isn’t really tight and or Lundqvist is a little off, things don’t go well.

  3. bagjr387 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    watch out ottawa.

  4. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Bruins are not going to repeat. Would love nothing more than see the Sabres the team to make it official

    • scottybcboy - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Agree, the B’s chances of a repeat are slim at best…but the Sabres have never won, sooo…..good luck with that.

      • duster1982 - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM

        and living in the past is always a great come back

  5. vaellis - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Why is this a post about Buffalo but we see the highlights for the Washington game?

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