Friday, February 13, 2009

Everything We Needed



Lindy Ruff said it best when he called tonight's win the "fairy tale ending" that we needed.

Sometimes, it is so evident when a team is playing for more than just two points. Tonight, the Sabres were playing for us, for Buffalo. Their faces after Jason Pominville tied the game and their exuberance after Ryan Miller stopped the last shot reflected the catharsis felt by all watching tonight.

Tonight, the Sabres held on to the end; they never gave up, despite the odds towards the end. They were fighting to give us a reason to cheer, a reason to smile, if only for a moment.

Ryan from The Roost sent me a text after the game, saying in two words what I'm sure anyone watching felt: "too perfect." After a day that was too terrible to be real, we needed to see something that was almost to good to be true.

I wish I had more to say, but I'm still getting chills thinking about the roar of the crowd after Pommer tied the game. If that reaction didn't make the case for why this game was necessary, I don't know what could.

Thank you, Sabres.

6 comments:

Shelby Rose said...

I'm really glad the Sabres told the NHL that they didn't want to postpone the game. We, as fans and as a community, really needed this shot in the arm as Mike Robitaille mentioned at one point during the night.

Ray-Chill said...

And that is exactly why a postponement wouldn't have done this city justice. And the management, coaches, and players all knew that...

Katie said...

We, as fans and as a community, really needed this shot in the arm

So true, Shelby. We needed to feel good for three hours after feeling so miserable for the 21-ish hours before.

Katie said...

And that is exactly why a postponement wouldn't have done this city justice.

I couldn't agree more. The reactions from the crowd alone showed just how important this game was for this city right now. It's so nice to see a team that understands their connection to their fans; I love these boys.

dani said...

Indeed perfect, Sabre Sister!

Katie said...

Indeed perfect, Sabre Sister!

I honestly stopped watching the game tonight and put the end of Friday's game on because I want to think of these boys as what that game symbolized...not what they put out there tonight.