Overreactions, Edition 64: Flying high

Where have we seen this look before? Oh yeah. How’d that work out?

The Buffalo Sabres got much more than a mere two points Saturday. They got some swagger.

Erasing a 2-0 deficit in the second period, the Sabres walked away from a visit to Philadelphia with a 5-3 victory against the top team in the East.

Andrej Sekera continued his tear, adding a goal and an assist while extending his streak of two-point games to four in a row. Ryan Miller also made 33 saves, and was solid in defending a one-goal lead in the third period.

Buffalo is now one point behind 8th place Carolina heading into Sunday’s match in Minnesota. With a win over the Wild combined with a Flyers regulation win over the NY Rangers, Buffalo could be in 7th place in the East by the time the work week starts.

  • Tyler Ennis continues to be the most dynamic player on the ice on any given night. I don’t know what has gotten into the kid, but he’s been flying all over the ice. The points are gonna start coming quick if he keeps it up. He has two goals and 3 assists along with a +6 rating in his last six games.
  • Brad Boyes, another two points. That deal is paying immediate dividends for the Sabres. It’s been a long time since a Sabres deal has done that.
  • As well as the Sabres played, it would’ve been nice to have Mike Weber on the blueline. It was a very physical, playoff type game. He would’ve done well.
  • Top three Sabres in ice time: Andrej Sekera (20:55), Thomas Vanek (20:44), Steve Montador (20:36). Seriously, just give Vanek the ‘C’ already.
  • Jason Pominville scored a huge goal in the third, the kind of goal that you’d expect to come from a player like that. He’s the veteran scorer on the team. He’s gotta be coming through in the clutch consistently. That’s his role.
  • I made this point when Thomas Vanek scored an empty netter a few games ago, but with Nathan Gerbe scoring the insurance goal in this one, I’ll make it again: I like having a goal-hawk out there when the opponent pulls the goalie. Having a finisher can eliminate a lot of drama.
  • Drew Stafford’s goal was much needed. Not in the game, just for him. After the stretch he was on, eight games without a goal is not acceptable.
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Posted on March 6, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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