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Sabres Warded Off Again

It’s funny how Cam Ward’s name is typically mentioned when people argue that you can win a Stanley Cup without an elite goaltender.  From Buffalo’s perspective, he’s been about as tough to beat as they come.

Last night Ward pitched a 40-save shutout at HSBC Arena.  About two weeks earlier, he was solid in a 3-2 Hurricanes overtime win over Buffalo at the RBC Center.  You have to wonder to what extent he’ll be in the heads of the Sabres forwards when they meet again in a possible playoff berth-clinching game in Carolina on April 3.

In the big picture, though, it would be shortsighted to rail on the Sabres for losing in their 9th game in 15 days.  That stretch included road wins against teams backstopped by Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist, so fans and media stating that this team can’t beat the league’s prime time netminders might want to put that card back into the deck.

The Sabres will be idle until they start a stretch of three games in four nights this Saturday at home against Atlanta.  Contrary to what will be popular opinion in Buffalo, I wouldn’t be the least bit upset if Ryan Miller started all three of those games.

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It’s funny how Cam Ward’s name is typically mentioned when people argue that you can win a Stanley Cup without an elite goaltender.

As a Detroit fan I’ve heard the argument twice about winning without elite goaltending, and I’m sure fans of Chicago and Pittsburgh have been hearing it too, but Cam Ward?  I mean, the guy won the Conn Smythe when Carolina took the Cup, I don’t see how that argument stands up.

Posted by Garth on 03/16/11 at 11:16 PM ET

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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