Overreactions, Edition 62: Winning

Sure, Charlie Sheen might be out of his mind, but his philosophy isn’t that awful. Winning is what it’s all about.

Since Terry Pegula took over last Tuesday, that’s all the Sabres are concerned with. Winning. Buffalo is now 3-0-1 under the new owner after Ryan Miller used some spectacular play to lead the Sabres to a 3-2 win over the 7th place New York Rangers.

“We held on tough. It was important not to give them anything. We didn’t want them getting back into it.”
— Ryan Miller

Brad Boyes scored in his Sabres debut, with Tyler Myers and Jochen Hecht also chipping in goals. The win, combined with Carolina’s win over Florida, doesn’t get Buffalo any closer to 8th place, but they did close the game with the Rangers, with Buffalo now only three points behind New York.

The story of the game was Miller, though. His 29 saves were often spectacular, and there’s reason to doubt Buffalo would’ve walked away with points without him. His lights-out play since his break two weeks ago continues to propel the Sabres towards the postseason.

Some musings on the match:

  • Andrej Sekera had a very strong game. He’s been arguably the team’s most dynamic defenseman this season. His assist on Jochen Hecht’s game winner was brilliant.
  • Thomas Vanek didn’t get a point tonight, but he gets credit for two of the three goals. Vanek set a screen in front of Henrik Lundqvist on both plays, providing teammates opportunity to beat him. Between that and playing through an obvious foot injury, he deserves some credit.
  • Lots of complaining on Twitter about the Versus coverage. I didn’t really like the obvious Rangers slant to the coverage, but I’ll take Versus/NBC coverage over MSG any day. Eddie Olczyk is one of the best color guys in the league.
  • Next time I see Lindy, I’ll have to get him to explain why he think Rob Niedermayer can contribute more than Nathan Gerbe.
  • Tim Connolly has been getting a lot of attention lately, not especially in the best way. I thought he had a solid game. His assist on the Myers goal was a great move to keep the play alive.
  • Mike Grier looked extremely slow and ineffective tonight.
  • I’m happy for Brad Boyes that he gets to play a bunch of games outside of Buffalo before he faces the home crowd. Maybe people won’t overreact to early production if it fades before they come home next weekend. We don’t need another Steve Bernier.

Posted on March 2, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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