Photo Finish: Game 60 vs. New York Islanders

1) While some might say winning isn’t in the Sabres’ best interest at this point, I’m not going to be angry with the team for finally stringing two solid regulation games together.  The Sabres came out firing on all cylinders for the second straight game, getting an early goal from Tyler Myers, who crashed the net to stuff it in.  Myers has seven points in his past nine games to go along with a pristine +7 rating.

2) Let’s welcome Thomas Vanek back from his tour of obscurity.  He has five points in his last seven games with his goal tonight.  He’s significantly lost ground in the race for the team scoring lead, though.  The way Jason Pominville’s been playing all season, he won’t be getting it back any time soon.

3) Speaking of Pominville, this guy’s unstoppable.  He’s got 14 points since the All-Star break, and five points in his last two games.  He’s taken a commanding lead in the team scoring race and now sits at 9th in the NHL with 59 points in 60 games.  For years, fans have complained about Pominville being under too much pressure from his big contract (5 years, $26.5 million).  They can stop complaining.  The guy’s a stud.

4) Ryan Miller’s back.  Miller seems more focused, and he seems to have found a groove, starting 13 of the past 14 games.  He had a bad stretch of games from the 14th to the 18th, but he’s back on.  He made a miraculous save on an Islander breakaway by Brian Rolston, and dove to stop the rebound from forward Josh Bailey.  Wherever the Miller haters reside when he’s playing well, they’ll be back the moment he screws up, and it’s a shame.

5) As I said before, let’s not be angry with the Sabres for winning games.  Sure, we want them to get the better draft pick so they can escape the mediocrity that’s plagued them for the past five seasons, but I think Joe from Buffalo Wins put it best: Buffalonians love playoff hockey, and I’m pretty sure fans would miss it if we were left out of the dance of 16 this year.  Say what you will, that the Sabres’ making the playoffs is the worst thing that could possibly happen for this group of guys.  I don’t care.  Nothing beats the feeling of your team being a part of playoff hockey.

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