I wrote yesterday about how the Sabres need to ratchet up the “physical” play if they expect to make a serious run to the cup. After watching game 4 of the Pens & Sens… maybe the Sabres plan will work out just fine if they meet one of these teams in the ECF.
To put it simply and succinctly, these teams are absolutely KILLING each other. I have to believe that this series will have a significant negative effect on which ever team advances. Neither of these teams can expect to continue to play at this pace for another 20 games.
On the other hand, perhaps the Sabres are getting a pass. The Islanders have been “bringing it” as best they can, but as we saw in the third period of game three, they couldn’t keep up their pace. The Sabres out shot them 17–2 in the third.
The Senators better hope to win this in 5, because if it goes 6 or 7, both teams will be shot. My “spidy-sense” tells me that this less intense series will pay dividends for the Sabres further on down the road.