Impressive as the Buffalo Sabres' two-month charge out of the cellar and into the playoff hunt has been, defenseman Robyn Regehr knows their job is far from complete.
The Sabres remain on the outside looking in and now have a recharged Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals standing in their way in a critical late-season showdown at Washington on Tuesday.
''Well, we haven't done anything yet, really,'' Regehr said after practice Monday. ''It's another step tomorrow.''
That doesn't mean he and his teammates aren't excited to be in this position after they were essentially counted out in January. Appreciating how much adversity - questions of character, a rash of injuries, including coach Lindy Ruff's three broken ribs, and a franchise-worst road skid - the Sabres have already overcome, Regehr had difficulty quantifying how significant the game against the Capitals is.
''I think to call it a big game is an understatement,'' Regehr said. ''There's just so much on the line.''
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