By Mike Harrington
It was one of those nights.
The Sabres were decent in the first period (albeit unable to get the puck out of their zone for the first 82 seconds). They were horrific in the second, getting richly deserved boos on their way off the ice in a 2-1 hole that would have been about 6-1 or 7-1 were it not for Ryan Miller.
Something pretty darn interesting must have gone on in that dressing room in the second intermission. Tyler Myers and Lindy Ruff both admitted there was plenty of anger and the third period that followed was easily this club's best of the year.
When the 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins was complete, Drew Stafford (the elephant finally off his back after scoring his first goal), greeted the media in an outlandish fur coat with Sabres logo on the back. He then unleashed this gem as reporters encircled him: "Guys, I want to thank Mike Harrington for letting me borrow his coat."
Hey man, whatever works.
You have to like about 37 minutes of this game. The goal, of course, is to parlay some momentum and try to play closer to 60. I was in Boston on Jan. 31, remember, when folks hoped this team would take off. Then came that first period in Montreal and it's been largely chaos around here ever since.
So let's see what happens Sunday against the Penguins and Tuesday against the Jets. I'd say the goal here should be five of these six points and see where that takes them. They went from 15th in the East to 11th tonight. That will happen in this all-East season.
Click the audio files below to go around the locker room after the bizarre bounceback victory.
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