Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/01/07 at 11:45 AM ET
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The Senators did a number on the soft Sabres and proved to be the better team because they were more physical. But if the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals were any indication, Buffalo wouldn’t have stood a chance against an Anaheim team that beats up its opponents en route to beating them.
Reaching the conference finals in consecutive years is impressive, but it has become increasingly clear the Sabres need at least one bruiser on defense, maybe two, and a couple of more bangers on their top three lines. Teams loaded with speed and skill can get through the regular season because talent will carry them through. It’s different in the playoffs, where checking is tighter and officials are less likely to make calls that could determine the outcome.
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