There are very few games in which one can say that a team "makes a statement". However, for the Sabres fans that watched this game, it was something absolutely remarkable.
After trailing 3-0 in the second period, coach Lindy Ruff elected to pull goalie Ryan Miller and send Patrick Lalime in.
With a penalty shot, opportunistic goals and a powerplay tally, the Sabres stormed back and chased the Penguins out of HSBC Arena with four unanswered goals to win the game.
Every cylinder of this team was firing after Lalime was put in goal. The entire game's dynamic changed, and the Sabres re-awakened to dominate the game and rally for the win.
Four straight goals and the Sabres' backup between the pipes to take down the defending Stanley Cup champs? That is a statement game. It wasn't luck, or chance. That was pure, unadulterated skill and will.
I'm doing my best not to brag, but that kind of game is the type that gives fans hope. And pride. The entire team came together to show what exactly these Sabres can do.
Heading into 2010, the Buffalo Sabres have a lot going for them—and here's to hoping the Blue and Gold keeps rolling.