Overreactions, Edition 63: It could be worse.
Yeah, it could be worse.
The Sabres let a glorious opportunity to put themselves into a playoff spot skitter off their stick, blowing two leads in the second period before falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime by a score of 3-2.
Steve Montador and Brad Boyes scored for Buffalo, each breaking a tie game. Each goal was answered by Carolina. The Hurricanes never lead until Jamie McBain scored the winner in extra time.
“I thought we played great,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “We had a couple of really good looks. When they don’t go in, you lose the game, but when you compete like that for 60 minutes, you’re going to win a lot of hockey games.”
Thanks to a Minnesota win over the Rangers, Carolina moved into 7th place in the East with the win. Buffalo, while losing a point on Carolina, remains two points out of the 8th and final playoff spot, holding three games in hand on New York.
In reality, Buffalo gained an extra game to catch 8th tonight. Toronto is breathing down their necks now, but it’s Toronto.
So, just remember, as you’re cursing Ryan Miller or being morose about the outcome, it could be worse.
- Ryan Miller allowed three goals for the first time since the oft-referenced rest he got in Montreal a few weeks back. Even though all of Carolina’s goals were quite soft, he still put them in position to win in regulation. Offense has to pick it up.
- Brad Boyes better watch his ass. If he keeps scoring, the fanboys will be all over him when he gets to town.
- Andrej Sekera has six points (goal, 5 assists) since returning from his stint in the press box. Rej has been very dynamic.
- Thomas Vanek had a rough game. Honestly, as soon as he put that puck wide of the net in the first period, I figured it’d be an off night for him. It was. Ended up -2, and the winning goal was scored by the defenseman on his point. He’ll bounce back, if not Saturday in Philly, when he returns to Minnesota.
- Playoff intensity brought playoff officiating. It makes it brutal to watch. The game is getting worse by the day, and I’d hope it wouldn’t take another lockout for the NHL to reset the bar.
- Mike Schopp tweeted a great stat: The Sabres have never trailed in the last five games, or since the day Terry Pegula took over.
- Tyler Ennis was flying all over the ice tonight. Seemed extra quick. Don’t know if he was just more jacked up for this game or everyone else looked slow. If he can ever skate like that on a regular basis and put his game together, the kid will be special.
- Nathan Gerbe was nothing special tonight. Unfortunately, that might get Nieds back in for Saturday.
Posted on March 4, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged Andrej Sekera, Brad Boyes, Carolina Hurricanes, Overreactions, Ryan Miller, Sabres, Steve Montador, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Ennis. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.