With the Senators in Buffalo tonight, home of the wretched Goo Goo Dolls, the Queen City papers are trying to rev up the Sabres fans by painting the matchup as a fierce rivalry.
John Vogl of the Buffalo News tells us how the Sabres players are trying to get newcomer Steve Bernier into the spirit:
"Steve Bernier is still new to the Buffalo Sabres, so he was getting the quick rundown on the rivalry with the Ottawa Senators. Buffalo knocked Ottawa from the playoffs two years ago. Ottawa eliminated Buffalo last year. The teams had a huge brawl.
“We hate those [expletive] guys,” one of Bernier’s teammates chimed in.
Yeah, that about sums it up. Imagine how much the hatred will grow if Ottawa knocks Buffalo out of the postseason again, this time before it even starts."
Bryan Murray has decided to put Martin Gerber back in the net tonight. This is an absolutely huge game for Gerber if he's to put away those criticisms that are coming back to haunt him (as Roy MacGregor notes in his column). The notoriously streaky and mentally fragile goalie is starting to look twitchy again. Bring in the shrinks.