The next Sabres-Bruins games should feature ample high jinks. Buffalo felt collective shame in its failure to rally behind Ryan Miller after Milan Lucic plowed over him.
Miller is sidelined by a concussion and the Sabres are left to explain their tepid response to that assault. Lucic never had to answer for his attack on Miller and the Sabres never bothered to steamroll Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in retaliation.
“We talked in here. We have to stick together as a team,” Gaustad told the Buffalo News. “Guys are willing to do that in the locker room. It was something that we can't let happen again.”
These two teams meet again on Nov. 23. Presumably NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan will be watching this tilt closely.
“You could go to each one of our players and they would tell you that they wished they had dealt with it differently,” general manager Darcy Regier told the News. “And they will deal with it differently in the future. There are things that come into play but we were all disappointed.”
So the Sabres will clearly have a “to do” list for their next Bruins game, particularly after Shanahan refused to suspend Lucic for his actions.