It was quite a night for Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta. Before their game with the Florida Panthers the Sabres honored Gionta for playing in his 1,000th NHL game and with his wife and kids along with his mom and dad looking on the team presented him with a silver hockey stick and a piece of artwork depicting him during a game.
We had seen this same Buffalo Sabres movie before, but this time it had a much better ending. The Sabres won their first home game of the season on Saturday, taking a 3-0 lead and holding on for a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers.
No team in the National Hockey League does it better than the Buffalo Sabres; lose games at home. Tuesday night's sorry 7-4 loss to the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center was decided in the first period when the Panthers built a 3-0 lead and extended it to 4-0 in the first minute of the second period.
Game after game the Buffalo Sabres keep proving they have a long way to go to compete with the big boys. Despite an upgrade in talent the results are pretty much the same as the past two seasons and it's pretty discouraging for Sabres fans expecting a whole lot more to get a whole lot less.