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STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER

Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 3:14 PM
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host / SLY NOTES
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STILL CAN\'T BELIEVE IT\'S OVER

- It seems like forever since the season ended, but it’ll be three weeks on Saturday. Isn’t that hard to believe? I have been trying to figure out why it seems like a long time, and the only conclusion I can come up with is the suddenness of the end. I wasn’t prepared for it to end, and the void that the season being over would leave. The void makes the days and nights seem longer. It’s a complete shift, one that I usually take a month to get used to. Watching the playoff games doesn’t help either, at least for me anyway. I love the competition, but miss the energy surrounding the game and broadcast. I guess I have a double dose of envy. I’m envious of the teams that are still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, and of the broadcasters who get to deliver the goods each night. Well, I feel better getting that off my chest and no longer need to visit my therapist!

- So much for my pick of Pittsburgh coming out of the East. I wasn’t alone, as most expert picks were for the Penguins. The big question in Pittsburgh is: what happened to Marc-Andre Fleury? He wasn’t the flower that we’ve seen in years past. Of course, I’m not giving credit to the Flyers for a tremendous performance in the first round. That team should be commended for their resiliency and spirit.

- Brendan Shanahan has received a ton of criticism this season for suspensions he’s given or not given to offending players. I’m not sure what the league is paying him, but it’s not enough. No matter what he does, he gets ripped. However, he did get it right by suspending Raffi Torres for 25 games. There was nothing redeeming about that hit or the intent of it.

- I received a tweet reminding me of my “Pancakes of NHL” blog from last summer. Following that blog I asked for some recommendations for right here in Buffalo. As a follow up, the web staff and I would like to do “Pancakes of Buffalo.” We need some suggestions, but there are two rules: 1) It can’t be a chain restaurant, and 2) You can’t be the owner of the establishment. Send your submissions to me via my Twitter account - @kevsylvester. We’ll visit the top five suggestions and provide the rankings right here at Sabres.com.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82