How the Sabres got their groove back?

The Sabres are back.

Not ‘back’ in a way in which they can come back and win this series. But mentally back; they’ve regained their game. They’re skating fast, they’re creating turnovers and scoring chances. They’re having fun.

They’re playing in a way we haven’t seen throughout the playoffs. At the start of the playoffs it was almost as if they said ‘ok, it’s business time’, and mentally put on their suit and tie and went thru the playoffs the way teams are ’supposed’ to do.

That’s not the Sabres.

The fans, the media and the Sabres somehow bought into the fact that they were ’supposed’ to win the Cup. That was never the case – they were always underdogs. It’s good they’ve gotten back to who they are. Hopefully they can maintain that at home – hopefully the fans aren’t trying to hold on to the possibility of coming back in this series.

Just let it go and enjoy the game. It’s not about the Sabres being the best or Buffalo finally winning a major sports championship; it’s about the Sabres and enjoying some great hockey. Ottawa is a great team too, and how can we say that we ‘deserve’ a shot at the championship any more than they do?

Perhaps I had the same mindset though – after all, I rewrote a Tenacious D song and entitled it “The Cup of Destiny” (a very dumb song mind you!). Maybe it’s like talking about a goalie possibly having a shutout with 10 minutes still left in the 3rd period … is it something you just shouldn’t do? Fans have lots of fun getting revved up about Cup possibilities and making homemade Stanley Cups covered in aluminum foil. I think fun should be part of it, but where do you draw the line? Where, as fans, are we taking it too far? Or is it the media?

I don’t know, perhaps I’m overanalyzing… maybe this has just been a very tight series and Buffalo just finally had some breaks go their way. But it really seemed like they got their groove back somehow.

So to wrap this gibberish up, here’s to the Sabres fighting on, playing their game and having fun until the final whistle sounds … and here’s to us fans enjoying every second of it!