Maybe I'm alone but I thought the Buffalo fans were fairly well behaved last night. There were plenty in attendance and they cheered loud when the Sabre's scored but I didn't see any of the usual boorish behavior we've all come to know and love. I did notice at one point maybe in the 3rd period that there was some cheering up around sec 331 and noticed security escorting someone out.
Maybe the calmer than usual atmosphere last night can be attributed to the fact that there was a paddy-wagon sitting outside the arena before the game with Raleigh's finest stationed at several check points ready to go?
I'd much rather see more Canes fans at the RBC but I don't mind the Buffalo games at all and actually look forward to them. Of course I also enjoy going to Yankee stadium wearing my Red Sox gear
. It does make a for a good rivalry in the stands with tons of energy but last night was a strange one for sure and I don't think it felt much like a playoff game till late in the 3rd and into the OT. Even the Sabre fans who tried to start the 'LetsgoBuffalo' chant put very little into it and were easily drowned out.
They're going to be here on April 3rd so go to game, stake your claim and let the RPD handle the out of control drunks. The RBC staff and the Raleigh PD are well aware of what they're dealing with and take every precaution they can to not let problems escalate. The Slug fans can come and buy tickets and all the $10 beers they want and if they can't behave, they'll be tossed without warning or explanation.