Overreactions, Edition 65: Win-nesota.

It’s nice to see a player basically say “You know what? Enough of this shit. I’m gonna go score a goal and we can get out of here.”

Drew Stafford did just that Sunday night.

The Sabres forward, fresh off breaking out of a slump, stormed around Wild defenseman Brent Burns and ended the game less than a minute into overtime to give Buffalo a 3-2 win.

“I was kind of at the end of a shift, so I didn’t have too much left in me. I just tried going to the net and kind of pushed off of Burns,” Stafford said. “I just kind of leaned into him and happened to get a lane to the net, went in and put it in.”

Jason Pominville and Rob Niedermayer (yes, Rob Niedermayer) also scored for the Sabres, who blew a 2-0 second period lead but held on to get the two points. Jhonas Enroth made 24 saves for the first overtime victory of his career. His three previous wins were all by shootout.

The two points moved Buffalo into 8th place in the Eastern Conference, jumping idle Carolina. The Sabres still trail the New York Rangers by two points, thanks to their drubbing of Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.

  • Are we really going to have a “trade Ryan Miller” discussion every time Enroth plays well? Please. Stop this.
  • Thomas Vanek did not score a goal, but he definitely came out flying. With a “hometown” crowd of friends and family, he looked possessed to start. He seemed to lose steam as the game went on, but he still picked up an assist and was named third star of the game.
  • Just because Rob Niedermayer scored a goal doesn’t move him from the 13th spot on the depth chart. Well, not necessarily “doesn’t” but “shouldn’t” as far as I’m concerned. Lindy Ruff’s affinity for veterans may change that.
  • Incredible stat #1: Andrej Sekera added another two assists, extending his streak of multi-point games to five.
  • Incredible stat #2: Steve Montador is +13 over the last two weeks.
  • Over/under on the number of years left in Patrick Kaleta’s career: 2 1/2. Guy can’t stay healthy. I’m not detracting on his usefulness, his body is just going to break down on him. Just like his hero, Michael Peca.
  • Brad Boyes did not get a point for the first time as a Sabre. Good work, Regier… total bust.
  • Player coming alive at the right time? Jason Pominville. Having some goal scoring out of him will do wonders for this team.

Posted on March 7, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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