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Canadiens clinch playoff spot; Sabres hold closed-door meeting

Apr 11, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens became the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff spot, doing so with a decisive 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The score is typically the prime indicator of which team was better, but if your not convinced, here’s the final shot total: 42-15 for Montreal.

Remember when Steve Ott recently ripped Sabres’ fans for booing? Well, this game was played in Buffalo. Wonder how the hometown fans feel now?

The Sabres, well, they held a closed-door meeting at the end of the game, as per numerous reports on Twitter.

The doors did eventually open for the media, seeking answers. Here’s a notable quote from Ott.

  1. jimw81 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    isn’t kinda late in the season to have close door meetings?

  2. kanuckinnyc - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Rough game for Buffalo. Lots of penalties, some of which were bench penalties; one too many men on the ice and an unsportsman-like. So much so that Montréal put its checking line as first crew on its last PP.

    I feel bad for the fans. Hang in there. Get ready for next year and the new division.

  3. kgun80 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Pitiful, disgusting, and disrespectful. We are a blue collar city and hockey tickets aren’t cheap. The players minus a few basically are putting no effort in NONE!!
    I get it they are out of the playoffs but have some pride don’t just skate around like a bunch of punks. Minus Ott, Kaleta and some of the young guys they should be embarrassed. This is their profession, not a hobby. The players the coaches and the owners should apologize to everyone who was in the arena and watching at home. I can say if Stafford is on this roster next year I will not renew my season tickets. I have been a season ticket holder for almost 20 years, I have never seen a lazier more careless player EVER. I urge all Sabres fans to send an email to management and let them know how disgusted we are. I can understand not being a good team but just not giving any effort is inexcusable and disrespectful to anyone who had to watch that game and forked over hard earned money to attend that fiasco.

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Bang on! I didn’t understand why John Scott (I know he was scratched tonight) was getting the ice time he was lately until tonight. It became clear tonight that the Sabres can only rely on the “role players” for an honest effort most nights. I wouldn’t count on that apology for as long as we continue to support the team- and there’s always the “threat” that if we don’t support the team we lose it. So, it’s the status-quo here. Honestly, I think if this team ever wins, it’ll be accidental (I could go on about the ’06 team, and how I still consider that to have happened by coincidence). Stafford epitomizes this team, this organization, and Darcy Regier’s entire tenure here. If you believe “rumors” from guys like Pierre LeBrun, Dreger, etc. Regier had an offer on the table for Stafford for Burmistrov. If true: I’m sure there were other parts or picks in play- but in this hypothetical scenario I can see Regier still believing the best has yet to come from Stafford- and that bringing a touted, talented player instead was a “risk”. The dude’s a bust. An exceptional case for a buyout- at least in terms of effort, accountability, preparation, and this year actual statistical output. Not a terrible player- just not a guy that will do anything that doesn’t come easily: like the rest of the top 6 forwards, and that includes Vanek.

      • billsin20xx - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        Regier should be FIRED TODAY for putting this team together. Can there be any doubt he needs to go now? Is it a coincidence this team laid down tonight after Black’s article yesterday saying he was happy with Regier?

  4. spyder00798 - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    @jimw81 It is a bit late unless they were sharing summer plans or watching The Masters. That’s why they’re buffalo. Going toe-to-toe with the Bills for most inept management in their respective leagues.

  5. Helper Sports - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    What was that? One thing is for sure, it was not a hockey game. No heart, no guts .

  6. greenmtnboy31 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    You girls in Buffalo shouldn’t be too hard on yourselves. Your team played one of the best teams in the league; one that’s headed for another Stanley Cup, so you got spanked just as you should have expected. Now, if you lay an egg against the Bruins or some other mediocre squad, then you can commence to crying in your lager.

  7. buffalomafia - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Where is owner Terry Pegula hiding?

  8. buffalomafia - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    @kgun80- I tried telling u that a month ago but u gave me hell!

    Yes we are frustrated fans & deserve a playoff team yesterday! But Regeire has to go & owner Pegula has to come out of hiding & grow a set!?

    Kgun80 you owe me a beer?! Lol!

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