By Mike Harrington
Tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens is the Sabres' fifth in eight days and comes following their late-night return from Long Island and their 4-1 loss to the Islanders. And with a long flight to Calgary scheduled after practice Monday, the Sabres have announced they have canceled their morning skate today in First Niagara Center.
I've already gotten an email and some inquiries on Twitter because the morning skates on the weekend tend to be popular with fans. So this is your official notice: Don't go downtown. The building will be shuttered because there's nothing to see today.
The Sabres haven't been much to see of late either. They've lost five straight, equaling their season high, and have scored just five goals in those games. The Habs, meanwhile, were four minutes away from falling to 0-4 with old friend Thomas Vanek in the lineup but pulled off a miracle rally Saturday night against Ottawa.
Trailing, 4-1, Montreal scored three goals to tie the game -- with the equalizer by David Desharnais coming with three-tenths of a second left -- and got a Francis Bouillon goal in overtime to post a stunning 5-4 win.
In fact, it was more than stunning. It was historic. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time in NHL history a team has trailed by three goals in the final five minutes and came back to win a game. Wow. NEVER happened before? Amazing.
Vanek will be making his first appearance in Buffalo since getting traded by the Sabres to the Islanders on Oct. 27. He has 21 goals and 33 assists this season in 64 games between the three teams. He has just one assist so far with the Habs, who have already bounced him between some lines.
If you missed them, here are the video highlights/lowlights of the Habs' big comeback and the Sabres' latest dreary loss:
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