What in the hell happened here? Three games totally dominated by Ottawa. No “ifs, ands or buts” about it. No excuses. A thorough beating. PERIOD.
So… now I have to come up with a few reasons to make myself believe that the Sabres are on the verge of a monumental comeback. Here it goes.
They can replace Kalinin.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a such a turnaround in effectiveness by a player in my life. He was the best defensemen on the team through the first two rounds. All of the sudden, he is absolutely lost! He is a turnover machine. Put in Paetsch. No question this move needs to be made.
They are due for a lucky bounce.
I don’t think I’ve seen a lucky bounce or lucky turnover go the Sabres way this series. Every random, blind tip has found itself directly to an Ottawa stick. The sabers NEED a lucky bounce early in game four to get at least an inkling of momentum and they are certainly due.
They are known for comebacks.
Looking back at this season, perhaps the most memorable moments were the comebacks. They specialized in it. How about being down 4–1 against Toronto in the third period? Vanek, Briere, Pominville and Stafford scored in a 10min stretch the pull out the win. Drury’s and Briere’s last second goals to force overtime. This team specializes in comebacks.
Well that's all I've got. Kalinin, luck and comebacks. Feel free to add more in the comments.
Win game four and go back home and win again. Then all the pressure is on Ottawa for Game six! It’s possible… Keep the faith Sabre-nation!