Overreactions from Game 4 of 82: Time to wake up
Thankfully, the $100 million man took it upon himself to end the misery for all of us. In an early front-runner for the least entertaining game of the year, the high-flying New Jersey devils edged out the Sabres in a (What’s another word for thrilling? Captivating? Ok, the opposite of that.) “dis-captivating” 1-0 overtime decision at HSBC Arena on a goal by Ilya Kovalchuk.
A sellout crowd was on hand to watch the Sabres drop their third straight at home as they failed to beat Martin Brodeur.
The last time the Sabres went through regulation with a 0-0 tie was Jan. 21, 2003, when Buffalo’s Martin Biron and Pittsburgh’s Sebastien Caron kept the opponents off the scoreboard for 60 minutes.
Some musings on the defeat:
- Ryan Miller, well deserved first star. Team looked good defensively, despite surrendering 35 shots. They were mostly ones Miller could handle, and Ryan did the rest for the first 60 minutes.
- Let’s go back to that first period. One shot? That’s all we got? One goddamn shot?
- Lindy Ruff said in the postgame press conference that Shaone Morrisonn went down with a groin injury late. Looks like we’ll finally get our shakeup on defense. I’d expect Chris Butler to get the nod, but against a team with a bunch of pests like Montreal, I’d prefer Mike Weber getting a shot. Weber-Sekera? Do it, Lindy.
- Derek Roy is apparently mortal.
- The Sabres really should be embarassed by getting beat and outshot by a team only dressing 15 NHL players. And no, Adam Mair doesn’t count.
- On a related note, thumbs down to whoever decided it was a good idea to bring back the “Mair’s Office” sign in section 327. Thumbs up to whoever decided it was a good idea to take it down during the game.
- Drew Stafford looked like he was trying. That’s good, right?
- Nathan Gerbe, your chances to make a case for yourself are dwindling. Step up if you want to stay in the lineup.
- Cody McCormick, keep on doing what you’re doing.