Here we are, game three of a series some Sabre fans were calling an easy sweep. With the Islanders 3-2 win on Saturday, the brooms are back in the closet and the game moves to the Island.
Led by Rick Dipietro and a suddenly re-energized roster, the Islanders know that the battle has only begun. Buffalo is known for exploding after a loss and the Islanders need to be ready for it.
Buffalo knows they did not play their best game on Saturday and will be looking to redeem themselves in the eyes of their mates and their fans. The Sabres will come out like a hurricane and the Islanders need to match and/or exceed that intensity.
With the past hanging over the Islanders heads like a cloud of doom and gloom, can they shake off the past and win one. . . or even both at the NVMC? Only time will tell and that time is coming very soon!
A full team effort, exceeding the effort of Saturday will be needed out of our boys and Dipietro will need to take his game to another level. The Sabres are beatable and we can beat them. Believe in that and we may just pull off the near impossible.
Buffalo will come hard. They will come strong. They will carry that energy for a full 60 minutes. Buffalo can score from anywhere in their roster and have excellent goaltending in Ryan Miller. The Sabres are not the President's Trophy winners for nothing and will show tonight why they earned it.
2 hours till game time as of this line I am writing now. Islander fans, show up if you can, cheer your hearts out, lets burst some eardrums. . . 20 miles away.
Lets. Go. Islanders.