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Sabres come up big against Rangers, win 4-1

Buffalo Sabres v Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 15: Drew Stafford #21 of the Buffalo Sabres is congratulated by teammates on the bench after scoring against of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period during the game on October 15, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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By the time this post publishes, this probably won’t be true any longer, but the Buffalo Sabres climbed into the East’s top eight for a precious few minutes. They did so by beating the conference’s No. 1 seed, winning a statement game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden 4-1.

The Washington Capitals are moments away from bumping them out of the top eight even if they lose - it appears their big game against the Winnipeg Jets is about to go to overtime - yet the bottom line is that the Sabres are staying in the picture. (Update: the Capitals did indeed lose to the Jets, but in overtime. Check out this post for an updated look at the bubble race.)

This marks a four-game winning streak for Ryan Miller & Co, a scary sight for the East’s top teams. The odds still seem to be against them, but let’s be honest; if you were the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins or Boston Bruins, would you want to face the Sabres instead of - say - the uneven Capitals or Jets?

Buffalo still has a way to go before they have a chance to make a top seed awfully nervous in the first round, but wins like these improve its odds substantially.