GAME OF THE YEAR: THE FINALS
Toronto & Washington square off as you decide the 2011-12 'Game of the Year'.
APRIL 3, 2012 - BUFFALO 6, TORONTO 5 (OT)
“It’s never safe to count out the Buffalo Sabres. In a season in which they’ve already mounted a remarkable second-half surge to climb back into playoff contention, the Sabres showed yet another frantic flare for dramatics by overcoming a three-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in overtime on Tuesday night. Derek Roy sealed the win by scoring his second goal 3:29 into overtime after Alexander Sulzer and Jordan Leopold scored in the final 5:03 of regulation as the Sabres twice rallied from two-goal third-period deficits in a game they never led until the final score.”
MARCH 27, 2012 - BUFFALO 5 – WASHINGTON 1
“Bodies were falling, and the tide was starting to turn against them. So who better to step up and take control of the situation for the Buffalo Sabres than their captain. Jason Pominville’s shorthanded goal at 17:32 of the second period took the air out of the Verizon Center, and proved to be the decisive blow in Buffalo’s 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Drew Stafford scored twice and Ryan Miller turned aside a season-high 44 shots in Buffalo’s fifth straight win, putting them all alone in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 86 points – two ahead of Washington. With Robyn Regehr in the box for hooking and momentum starting to shift towards the Capitals late in the second, Alexander Ovechkin played a bouncing puck a little too casually at the point. As it rolled behind him, Pominville gave chase and outworked Ovechkin all the way down the right boards before scooping up the puck and beating Michal Neuvirth with a low wrister to the far side.”