There's no one out there who's looking to lend the Sabres a helping hand. Since Friday's win over Phoenix, a victory that put Buffalo only 2-points out of the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference, the floor has collapsed, leaving them in 10th place.
And they have no one to blame but themselves. Their loss Saturday night to the Senators left them calling for help, however nothing but their own echoes could be heard in response.
Florida defeated St. Louis 5-3
CarolinaÂ handled Tampa Bay 9-3
New York edged Boston 4-3
Pittsburgh knocked off Washington 4-3
Montreal beat Dallas 3-1
Carolina shutout New York 3-0
With tonight's exception, and only because it didn't go into overtime, things could not have been worse for the Sabres over the last 72-hours, and the only way to get back into the race is for them to do it themselves. It starts tomorrow night in Philadelphia, and as far as I'm concerned it's the only game being played in the NHL. Forget about the 4-teams within striking distance – it's not relevant. Two-points gets Buffalo back into the mix, and with games against 3 of the 4 aforementioned teams (2 against Florida, none versus the Pens), the onus is on them, and only them, to get the job done. You can't get into the playoffs if you're looking for handouts.
We shall see what character, if any, is revealed tomorrow night in the most hostile of environments, and in the most desperate of circumstances.
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Written by Tim Anderson