In December 2010, the Buffalo Sabres looked lost.  The team lacked chemistry, finding it almost impossible to sustain pressure on a consistent basis, in any game.  Fans were calling for the heads of head coach Lindy Ruff and GM Darcy Regier, but ownership held tight.  (That may have had something to do with pending ownership changes that soon came, but we may never know).
If any fans had patience at that point, it was rewarded, as any real Sabres fan will recall.  The team went on a remarkable run to end the season, capturing the hearts of fans across the Niagara Frontier along the way.  The team clinched a playoff berth at home against Philadelphia in the second-last game of the season, on a night where many alumni returned to be honored.  Terry Pegula was the new owner, and he promised to spend big to bring Buffalo its elusive championship.
Not even a heartbreaking loss to the Flyers in a hard-fought 7-game playoff series could damper Buffalo’s enthusiasm for the Sabres.  Th…