Niagara Gazette

Pro Sports

April 26, 2011

Brandon Koch: Future softens blow of first round exit

COMMENTARY

Winning is a process, an act that can’t be perfected but made easier with experience.

The Buffalo Sabres’ youth gained plenty in a tight, seven-game series against an impressive Philadelphia team that eventually overwhelmed the young group.

The Flyers are a good team. They battled. The Sabres battled, too.

But when it came down to it, the Flyers’ skill and experience overcame Buffalo’s mettle.

The late season run gave some life to the belief that the Sabres are just a player or two away from becoming a well-rounded contender once again.

Add that to the fact the core of this group stuck together through a dreadful start, grew closer through an exciting change in ownership and the loss of one of the franchise’s and extended the defending conference champions to seven games, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming years.

With more than adequate resources, there’s no reason not to belief Terry Pegula and Co. will field a better team come next October.

That thought alone is enough to help swallow the bitter pill of another first-round playoff exit.

Contact Tonawanda News sports editor Brandon Koch at 693-1000, ext. 117 or brandon.koch@tonawanda-news.com.

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