Numbers Never Lie? Sabres down Flames 4-3

The Buffalo Sabres are now 8-3 in their last eleven games.  They defeated the Calgary Flames Thursday night 4-3 although outshot 45-19.  Two weeks ago, writers everywhere pronounced this Sabres surge as merely a fad, something that won’t last into December.  Now December 11th, Buffalo has shown the same signs they did two weeks ago.  Outplayed, outshot, win.  Great goaltending has played a major role but there is something deeper to this streak.  Zemgus Girgensons spoke about the clubs different attitude after the game.

“We care about each other here.  Earlier in the year if we got scored on, we would put our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves.  Now we just cheer each other up and keep on fighting…we stay positive throughout everything.”

Buffalo received great play from their top line of Moulson-Girgensons-Ennis.  The other lines provided a spark to Buffalo, especially the line of Chris Stewart, Marcus Foligno, and Drew Stafford.  Ted Nolan was pleased with how this group played and laughingly called them the “makeshift” line in his post-game press conference. 

I can go on and on about numbers and how the team shouldn’t be winning, but that’s cliché.  I will give credit to the Sabres because although they were severely outshot, Buffalo was efficient with their shots and limited the dangerous scoring chances of the Flames.  It does no hurt that Jhonas Enroth is playing at an all-star level. 

I will have a in-depth article about the team and what these past few weeks have meant tomorrow evening.