Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs: One Passionate Rivalry

January 9th, 2010 by Paul Taylor Leave a reply »

As I continue to learn more about hockey, I often find myself almost subconsciously comparing it to soccer.  Perhaps this is inevitable, given that I am English, but the similarities’ between the two games is definitely a factor.

I now realise it is not as simple as this.  For example, one rule I have always applied to soccer is that once your team has a three-goal lead in any game, they are a safe bet to win.

Of late, the Buffalo Sabres have been doing their best to make me realise this theory doesn’t translate to hockey.  Two comeback wins from three-goal deficits will do that.

In hindsight, maybe hockey is better compared to the five-a-side equivalent of soccer: Indoor venue, smaller field, fewer players, more chances and consequently more goals.

However, last night’s matchup between Buffalo and the Toronto Maple Leafs gave me the chance to compare another aspect of ho ...

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