|Paul Gaustad (Photo: Bill Wippert) |
After suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night, there was only one thing the Buffalo Sabres could do.
Earning a point in the contest, the Sabres continue to be in the thick of the playoff race, sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference and four points behind the Boston Bruins for the final seed.
“We have to move forward,” defenseman Mike Weber
said. “This game is over and we have to go into practice tomorrow, get our heads straight and get ready for Sunday [against the Bruins].”
The Sabres face Boston twice in their remaining four games of the regular season.
"It’s do or die," Nathan Paetsch said. "That’s the team we’re trying to catch and it’s a playoff game for us.
"We’ve just got to get those two points."
“We’re going to stay in the battle,” head coach Lindy Ruff said. “Stranger things have happened. We’re going to stay in the battle and fight right down to the last minute of the last game. Good things are going to happen, there are going to be some bad things that are going to happen. I told them before the game we’re in for a tough one but we’ve got to impose our will and I thought for the most part we did tonight.
“It’s painful, but you’ve got to move on.”
Sabres winger Steve Bernier left the game in the third period with what Ruff described as a “bruised hip.”
“He couldn’t play the remainder of the game,” Ruff said, but did not give any further details on Bernier’s status.
officially became the Sabres new iron man Friday night.
With the start against Montreal he became Buffalo’s all-time goalie leader for games played in a single season with 73 games.
Miller surpassed Martin Biron (2001-02), Dominik Hasek (1997-98) and Don Edwards (1977-78) who were previously tied for the record at 72 games played.
The last time Miller came close to the feat was 2006-07 when he played 63 games.
Former Sabres netminder Grant Fuhr holds the NHL record with 79 games played in 1995-96 with the St. Louis Blues.
Despite the loss, Derek Roy
and Jason Pominville
each kept their scoring streaks intact.
Roy tied his career-high eight-game point streak when he added a pair of helpers Friday night against the Canadiens. He has scored 15 points (4+11) during the stretch.
Pominville also added an assist on the night, continuing a seven-game point streak (4+8).
A double feature of Hall of Famers made a showing at HSBC Arena Friday night.
Former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills (2002 NFL Hall of Fame) Jim Kelly helped with the t-shirt toss during a commercial break while former New York Yankee Rich “Goose” Gossage was spotted at the morning skate.
Gossage was recently elected to the MLB Hall of Fame and will be inducted later this year.