The crowd inside the KeyBank Center entertained the Bills players with the song ‘Sout’ and cheered Saber with a series of “Let’s Go Buffalo!” Songs.
There was a sense in response to what happened on the ice and the applause to pay tribute to the well-known publisher Rick Jeanneret. They gathered to say goodbye to the man who described the greatest success in the history of the franchise, but also filled the house to watch the black Sabers team that strengthened the hopes of fans who were tired of the chaos and frustration.
A 3-2 back-to-back victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 16,505 fans Friday night to complete the game 82-2021-22 season was a reflection of all that has changed and gone off the ice for the Sabers since the club. gathered in back training camps in September. He scored twice again to force extra time, and Casey Mittelstadt scored the winner to make it 32-39-11.
“Oh, baby, I don’t know what was in my head,” Mittelstadt cheered. “It was a great way to end the year. Obviously, there have been ups and downs for everyone. … It was a great way to deal with RJ.”
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Rick Jeanneret will call his final Sabers game Friday night after a 50-year career.
On the ice, there were show-reel games, controversies and starting players who are the new faces of the franchise. Tage Thompson, a 24-year-old immigrant, scored his 38th goal of the season to make it 1-1 in the third minute on a cross from Jeff Skinner who was revived.
Power, just 19 years old with eight games in his NHL career, scored his second goal on the road to rebuild with 5:38 left. And Mittlestadt completed the project in extra time on a rebound by Dylan Cozens.
The Sabers defeated the Blackhawks 19-4 in the third and extra time.
“I think we just fed the crowd with each other on the bench,” Thompson said. “I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t think we were going to come back and win. I think that’s why it’s the attitude we have in our team.”
Power and defender Rasmus Dahlin, who recorded both in 2021 and 2018, respectively, showed off their magic with a puck and a tight game around their net. The duo, along with Mattias Samuelsson and Henri Jokiharju, give Buffalo four places in the blue line-up for the playoffs.
Alex Tuch, a Syracuse-born blockbuster salesman who sent Jack Eichel to Vegas, encouraged his teammates and the crowd to play continuously and without puck. The line-up was filled with players expected to be on the Sabers for years to come, along with the recent decisions of Cozens, Mittelstadt and Peyton Krebs, who have also reached the Eichel alliance.
Sounds reasonable. That voice. We will never forget that. Jeanneret scored one last successful goal from the Buffalo Sabers in the final game of his career.
Of the 16 players on the Sabers’ line-up, only three are awaiting disqualification: Vinnie Hinostroza, Mark Pysyk and John Hayden. It is possible that all three could have a club again next season. Ten on the line was less than 25 years. And the advancement of Sabers in the last two months shows that the potential for youth has not yet reached.
Even through a fixed process, the Sabers ’.611 percent from March 2 sat at 13 a.m. on Friday. Overall, Buffalo percentages have seen significant change from 2015-16, which is only due to interest rates rising last season. The Sabers went 16-9-3 through March and April. He finished fifth in eight teams in the Atlantic Division after being selected to step down.
“To all the fans who came out tonight, I think we did something about not wanting to bring our RJ fans down the hall,” Thompson said.
And Saber has done so despite a long list of injuries, the spread of Covid-19 and the late arrival of Tuch. Craig Anderson, the team’s best player, missed the last three games due to a temporary injury. Dustin Tokarski was forced to start both back-to-back games to complete the season.
In addition to Thompson’s successful season, Skinner also scored 33 goals to give the Sabers their first chance with a 30-plus combination from 2010-11. Victor Olofsson and Kyle Okposo both reached the top of the scoring charts with 20 goals, with Tuch setting up a new career in each game. It seems that every player on the team, regardless of their skills, did well under coach Don Granato and his staff.
The Sabers’ 229 goals were the most successful since reaching the final in 2010-11. Most of the schedule, as well as the entire team of teachers and facilitators, are back next season.
The Sabers seemed to win the majority of their followers who were frustrated by the equal work of the best franchise teams. Unlike the beginning of the season, the fans do not return to the game wearing jerseys with the names of former team players. Now, you will see Dahlin, Thompson, Cozens, Tuch and Power, among others.
Excitement has reached the other team in the town. Kaair Elam, who selected the Bills, participated in the game with a dozen other players, including Josh Allen. The crowd roared as the team was shown in the stadium.
It was a party at the KeyBank Center, created by Sabers greeting their fans from the ice ice. And while it will be the last until hockey comes back in the fall, he pointed out to the crowd that there should be more celebrations soon.
“You can expect to win people over [over] to love the way we do, ”Granato said. And if the house feels that way, it will be very special. We’re still building, but I love the way our guys went that year. “
Here is what happened at the end
Tokarski did another tough job during a difficult time. He saved 27 in a 5-0 defeat at Boston on Thursday and had a short break before the final whistle. His suspension on Sam Lafferty came shortly before Power achieved his goal.
Domanik Kubalik and Dylan Strome scored Chicago (28-42-12), who led 2-1 in the final with 10:27 remaining.
The Sabers could have just kept Aaron Dell on the list to keep Tokarski and Anderson out of the box, but the club decided to reward Michael Houser’s dedication and perseverance. Houser, 29, was recalled Friday from Cincinnati after a Cyclones rescue operation 42. It was almost three months earlier when a Covid-19 test barred Houser from playing another game with the Sabers.
Likewise, the Sabers pushed Pysyk back on the defensive line to replace Casey Fitzgerald, who joined the Amerks.
Kyle Okposo arrived on the pitch Friday for the first time, as he does every game before. However, he was not ready to play. The minor injury prevented the 34-year-old winner from joining his teammates in the end. But Okposo wanted to stay close to the rest of the Sabers to immerse himself on the final night of their seven-month tour.
Okposo was announced before the game as Sabers’ Rick Martin Award winner, who voted for fans.
“You need your great leader Kyle,” Granato said with pride and sadness.
Sabers’ injured veteran Malcolm Subban, a native of Toronto, sang the best American song before the game in which he smiled at his teammates and clapped his hands from the crowd. Subban injured after season Jan. 11 but has been around the team. She is an unlimited expectant.