"Sorry Mom, I won't be able to make it this Sunday."
A sentence that has today become all too familiar for the mothers of hockey fans all over Western New York.
Today is a very special Saturday, not because it is Easter Eve, but because Buffalo Sabres fans are ecstatic following a Game 5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers -- a huge win which puts the Sabres up three games to two in the first-round series.
It is a day that is normally spent by mothers prepping their hams and turkeys, cleaning the house from top to bottom in anticipation of the company that is due to arrive early Sunday afternoon.
Instead, moms will be receiving calls throughout the evening from their "grieving" sons who are burdened by the possession of Game 6 tickets, explaining in a rehearsed disappointment exactly why they won't be apart of this year's Easter festivities.
"You won't mind though mom, will you? You need to understand just how important this game is to me!"
Although it is not likely she does understand (if she does, your mom is cool as all hell), there is no understating how much Game 6 -- which is set to begin 3 P.M. Easter Sunday -- means to the fans of the Sabres.
This game is without a doubt the biggest game the Sabres have been apart of in nearly three years.
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