Hockey playoffs may be the best time of year for Buffalonians, especially when the Sabres win. The team was victorious with a 1-0 win, Thursday. Goaltender Ryan Miller shut out the Philadelphia Flyers.
Patrick Kaleta had the only goal of the game. He had a rough year, sitting 31 games of the regular season because of injuries. Last night, he scored the only goal of the game in the middle of the third period to break the 0-0 tie. Kaleta teamed up with Miller who blocked all the 35 shots that came his way, leading to the big win.
Although Sabres players are high from the win, members say they have a long way to go. Philly has a very strong and powerful offense, with some of the best forwards in the league.
The fans are confident the team could go all the way and they are giving credit to new owner Terry Pegula.
"I think the new owner gave the team momentum, hope and a lot of motivation," Sabres Fan Mike Mergenhagen said.
Even some sports insiders including ESPN's Chris Berman is confident the team could win the best of seven series. Berman was in the Queen City for a speaking engagement, Thursday.
The team will stay in Philadelphia for game two on Saturday. Then, they will head back home to HSBC Arena on Monday for game three.
Even if you don't have tickets to the home game, the Sabres are holding their Party in the Plaza. There will be live entertainment and ways to cheer on the home team.
Channel 7 will be following the team closely and we'll have all the goal scoring action through the series. You can also follow the team right here on our website.