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by Paul on 02/25/12 at 12:22 PM ET
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Five points was the difference between 11th place and eighth place in the Eastern Conference after the Sabres’ 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins on Friday night in First Niagara Center. Do the math, and it’s a few more victories for Buffalo and a few more losses for the teams ahead of them over 61 games.
Five points didn’t look like much with the NHL roaring into Turn Four and heading toward the finish line of the regular season. Anaheim had a miserable start but made up 16 points during a 23-game span in the Western Conference. The Sabres have made up five points and four conference spots over the past week, so another five over their final 21 games and a spot in the playoffs appears well within their grasp.
It’s nothing until you take a closer look and examine what needs to happen for them to wiggle through heavy traffic and come away without a dent while the others take turns crashing into the wall. And that’s when the five-point deficit in the standings starts looking like much more.
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