Goaltending and speed won this race

Via: Toronto Globe and Mail

‘The Sabres are a counterattacking team, which means they count on the goaltender to hold the fort until they can pounce on a mistake and turn it up the ice with an odd-man rush. At the other end of the ice, the smaller Sabres forwards skated hard at the Ottawa defencemen from the moment the series started. The flustered Senators defence, which surrendered seven goals in the first game, stopped moving the puck out of its own end the way it had all season and tried to just fire it out, which led to turnovers at the blueline.’