There are 8 playoff series going on right now, 7 of which are absolutely nasty. Bone-jarring hits, constant scrums, facewashes, blood, concussions, headhunting (allegedly), elbows… you name it, we’ve seen it. EXCEPT in the Sabres/Islanders series. Granted, we did get some physical play last night but this series nothing like the others.
As I see it, the Sabres have only TWO players playing “playoff hockey” right now. Adam Mair, who had the quintessential playoff shift as he blasted Hunter in the defensive zone then proceeded to hustle down to the offensive zone and scored from the doorstep. And Dainus Zubrus, who has been throwing his body around like a mad man and making “the little” plays all over the ice.
If the Sabres didn’t trade for Zubrus, and started Paille in favor of Mair, they might be trailing in this series right now.
I’m pretty confident that the Sabres have plenty enough to make it past the Islanders, BUT, do they have the sandpaper to make the whole way? I’m feeling like playoff hockey is made for the “mairsy’s” of the hockey world. Lets hope the goose gets back soon!