Jeez, who scheduled the playoffs to start at the end of the school semester? I spent the time I was going to blog writing an essay on Brown vs. the Board of Education and whether or not it accomplished what it was supposed to. If you're interested in reading it, email me. (That's a joke. You don't want to read it.)
So here's the nutshell version of what I was going to say: There was a lot of stuff to not like in Game Two. A lot. Tim Connolly was very bad. When the team needed someone to respond Derek Roy went overboard and tried to score all by himself. (Highlight of the game was a guy behind us responding to Roy-Z trying to carry the puck through all five Boston players by yelling, "PASS IT, YOU IGNORANT SLUT!") There were some lazy, lazy forwards. Some bad turnovers in the waning minutes. They gave up a two goal lead to an opponent that doesn't have much offense. But I will cut the Sabres a little slack for deflating a bit after watching Thomas Vanek crawl off the ice. Yes,they should have responded better, and losing Vanek for whatever amount of time it ends up being (one game would be awesome) won't be a good excuse for crapping out in the series, but you know, these guys are human. In their place, that would definitely make my heart sink. And when all is said and done, it's one game. Sabres fans as a group are prone to panic after a bad game in the regular season. Everything is even more escalated in the postseason. But I don't think it's time to panic yet. I said on Twitter last night that no one ever wins sixteen straight but Ryan Miller might have said it in even better:
It’s tough. But no one said you’re going to walk through the playoffs. The good part is they don’t tell you what order you have to win. You just have to win four.
Ryan knows what he's talking about. And hey, at least we're not Sharks fans. (AHAHAHAHAHA!)
(I promise I will write something more substantial as soon as I can.)