With the ship rapidly sinking on a once-promising season, the Sabres, picked by many to contend for the Northeast Division title, were in need of a lift emotionally as much as they needed two points in the standings.
Sitting 14th in the Eastern Conference and a country mile out of a playoff spot, Buffalo welcomed the hated Boston Bruins in to town. It was in a game against these same Bruins, mind you, that the Sabres downfall began.
On November 12, Milan Lucic introduced Ryan Miller to his elbow as Miller had wandered well out of his crease, concussing the Buffalo netminder in the process. The Bruins went on to win the game, 6-2, as they continued to climb out of their early season Stanley Cup hangover.
The Sabres though, who were 10-5-0 at the time, were never the same. They had been the laughing stock of the league for not only falling far below expectations, but hardly even standing up for their embattled, albeit rather whiny, goaltender when hit.
Things had gotten so bad for…