As can be expected, the fans and media in Buffalo are in shock about the Sabres third period collapse against a very fragile Senators squad that all but eliminated them from the playoffs.
John Vogl captures the mood quite nicely for the Buffalo News:
"The sign kept popping up on the video board, and the faithful would cheer whenever they’d see it. “If you still believe make some noise.”
In the end, there was no one around to make noise. If the kid holding the sign was still around, that kid was the only one. During a collapse like that, fans and belief disappear in a hurry. ....
“It’s devastating,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “That really hurts.”
Bucky Gleason points out that goalie Ryan Miller is not having a strong season and that he has to share a lot of the blame for the Sabres lost season:
" ... when was the last time Miller won a game by himself?
He’s ranked 21st in goals-against average and 25th in save percentage this season. He made his 29th consecutive start Tuesday night. On Thursday in Ottawa, he’s expected to tie the franchise record for goaltenders with his 72nd appearance this season. There have been times he’s looked mentally fried, but Ruff has refused to buy into that excuse. And nobody else should, either.
Mike Harrington of the Sabres Edge blog sounds depressed:
"Tuesday's 6-3 loss to Ottawa was the most inexcusable one in a season full of them. Five goals in the last 7:40. A short-handed goal waking up an Ottawa team clearly dead from two games in two nights.
There were a good number of empty seats tonight. Those folks have given up. They're probably right. Anybody care to disagree?"