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Last Year the Buffalo Sabres could not find a way to lose during the first month of the regular season. But A far place from where we have came now.

The Sabres finished off a poor opening weekend with two straight losses to the New York Islanders, the final one coming Saturday night 3-2 in Long Island.

But if you were talking to most Sabre fans, you would think it was Game 6 of the playoffs. Fans across message boards are beginning their mass dissection and "bandwagon jumping" after the 2 poor showings.

While there is certainly not much good that comes out of a loss, the best thing to do in situations like this is to look at the positives.

The Defense was much better Saturday then it was Friday night. They made a consistent effort to at least try and play defense. Didnt always work, but the effort was there for most of the night.

Hot first period starts have helped the team. The team came out flying the first 10 minutes of Fridays game before penalties set them backwards. Starts like that will give you the jump more times then not. Sustaining them is something that needs work.

Jaro Spacek has finally showed his true abilities. Probably our best player over the weekend. Finally using that big shot as its true weapon.

So my fellow Sabre fans, please let the noose loose around your neck and step away from the cliffs and sharp objects. Things will be ok. This is not a curse of the captains or the destruction of the Sabres. Its a losing streak. We didnt see many last year, so we were due for one eventually.

There are 80 games left, dont freak out too much now. get ready for Thursday and Atlanta, which I think will be a win.

Why? Because im going to the game, and the Sabres are 19-3-1 when I am in attendance.
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October 7, 2007 10:57 AM ET | Delete
Hey Capt., It seems like you Buffalo fans are headed in the same direction most of the leaf fans are at now, and please don't take this personally! I know you're not in panic mode personally! You and I both know, 2 games do not a season make. This is just a minor glitch and it won't be long before Lindy rights this ever so slightly listing ship. Buffalo is too good of a team to be panicking over. When all is said and done, they will be there, and you can take that to the bank! All of you Sabres fans who appear to be panicking, CHILL-OUT. Thanx Capt., I really enjoyed this post.
October 7, 2007 11:15 AM ET | Delete
Good post Capt. You can tell who the bandwoagon jumpers are anyway, they where always on the Flyers blog ripping us Flyer fans to no end, now nothing? Sabres are a solid team and they will be fine, more then fine. Why does Paestch play so few minutes? He always looks like a great young D-man to me, I don't get why he only got 12 minutes last night.
October 7, 2007 11:53 AM ET | Delete
Why is criticism jumping off the bandwagon? Poor management is all too apparent to a Buffalo sports fan who has suffered through season after season of building teams never good enough to make that final step. Sabres and Bills included. Quinn-Mr. Bass Pro- and Golisano,who is strictly about business,dont give a damn about the fans. Believe me I've seen it played out over and over again.The fans myself included probably care too much. Just buying managements spin on Drury and Briere is too much for me .
October 7, 2007 12:29 PM ET | Delete
Good advice Cap. It's waaaaaay to soon for panic and naysayers! All of us have dealt with bad times somewhere, sometime - and not just in hockey. Besides, I never give up on my team and agree with B16 in that the most pessimistic gripers usually come from the rainy day contingent - not the fans who, while sometimes recognizing deficiencies, still stick through the inevitable thick and thin. And two games out of 82? Streaks can run both ways.
October 7, 2007 1:56 PM ET | Delete
2 words....danny markovregier can make a huge statement and getting him would be huge, this team would thrive with him standing up for them all and most of all miller as isles were crashin him all night
October 7, 2007 2:11 PM ET | Delete
Buts16 may be a flyers fan, but he had a good point about Paetsch. This kid was an incredible quaterback on the PP last year, and that's what killed us in the first two games -- special teamsPK - 3 for 7, a miserable 42.9%...30th in the leaguePP - 1 for 8, 12.5%, 19th in the leagueI say, get the special teams going, and we'd see shades of last year's Buffalo Sabres...maybe better.
October 7, 2007 3:09 PM ET | Delete
It is too bad that Buffalo fans need the "voice of reason" posts after only 2 games, but nonetheless it is needed and appreciated. I believe an adjustment period with only subtractions in personnel taking place in the off season, translating into new roles for just about everyone. If we continue to become more consistent and manage 5-5 after 10 or 8-7 after 15 that seems doable yet realistic to me at the same time. I firmly believe this team is going to need to overcome some adversity to gel, find themselves and improve. When winning comes too easy it is also easy to get blindsided later on.
October 7, 2007 4:05 PM ET | Delete
This isn't really related to the Sabres, but your avatar picture is hilarious! I'm surprised Campbell couldn't convince Preissing to sign with Buffalo in the off-season.
October 7, 2007 4:21 PM ET | Delete
hehits either they snap out of it, or they stay this way for the season...
October 7, 2007 6:02 PM ET | Delete
Borderdick:Criticizing isn't jumping off the bandwagon. However, many people are taking it past the point of criticism. Thats what it is meant to imply.
October 8, 2007 8:17 AM ET | Delete
Capt., good post. Would have said the same myself, had you not beaten me to it. Too many of our local critics have shouted the demise of the Sabres, it's only the 2nd game, 80 to go. Spacek, as I said several times this summer showed he will play like he should. Kalinin didn't. Campbell looked good Saturday, Miller looked horrid both games, and I would have pulled him in both, he seemed totally distracted. Our lines looked brilliant at times, and like a street hockey team at others. Ruff seemed to be mixing up the lines on the fly Saturday, and several times we had our weakest line on with our weakest defense. But we did improve in the second game, so...unclench folks, let 'er go, and don't lose hope, they are our team, and they will prove victorious in the end.
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