A turning point for Buffalo?

If Buffalo wins the Stanley Cup, I suspect last night’s cardiac win against the New York Rangers will go down as the turning point.

It’s not quite on par with the Boston Red Sox 9th-inning comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, but it’s pretty darn close.

The series was tied 2-2, but Rangers have been in the Sabres head the whole series. They took Buffalo out of their fast offensive game and their goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, has been amazing.

Last night, the Sabres finally regained their offensive strength and rained 37 shots on Lundqvist, but they were still down 1-0. The Sabres have not been shutout all season, but they just couldn’t beat this guy.

Thus, with the last seconds ticking off the clock, it looked like the Sabres were going to lose the whole amazing season. So when Chris Drury scored with only 7.7 seconds on the clock, the whole town went nuts. The lost hope was found and four minutes into overtime Max Afinogenov scored the biggest goal of his career for the win.

I’m hours away from Buffalo, but from here it feels like the jinx is broken. The game makes me think of the John Cusack movie Better Off Dead where Monique states “I think all you need is a small taste of success, and you will find it suits you.” (must see campy movie)

The Sabres lost their taste of success in games 2 to 4, but I think they found it and boy does it suits them.