'11-12 GAME OF THE YEAR
6-5 OT Win over Toronto captures the 2011-12 Game of the Year title!
After receiving an overwhelming 72.1% of the votes, Buffalo’s 6-5 overtime win over Toronto on April 3 has been chosen by the fans as the team’s Game of the Year. Matched up against the March 27 win in Washington in the week-long final voting, the April 3rd game received 243 of the 337 total votes that were cast.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” explained the April 3rd game. “For pure excitement, our game had it all: a comeback, late goal to tie it up, and then the overtime winner by Derek Roy. Every fan that left First Niagara Center that night had goosebumps – and probably still do.”
The decisive defeat didn’t sit well with the March 27th game, a 5-1 win at the Verizon Center in the heat of Buffalo’s playoff push.
“Frankly, I’m stunned by the voting. I don’t know what the fans were thinking with this one,” said an obviously dejected March 27th game. “This was a must-win game … on the road … in front of a hostile Washington crowd. I don’t care what the fans think – in my mind we will always be the game of the year.”
For winning the Game of the Year voting, the April 3rd game will receive a key to the City of Buffalo, and April 3 will forever be known as “Game of the Year Day” in Buffalo. Despite losing in the finals, the March 27th game will not go home empty handed – they will receive a case of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat.