Overreactions, Edition 68: Blowing it

Okay, it’s not that big of a deal. They lost a game. They lost a game they were winning. They let a third period lead slip away.

To Toronto.

Just when the Sabres had an opportunity to go for the jugular and get Toronto out of the playoff picture, they let the Leafs stick around too long, and Toronto is still alive. Buffalo fell at the Air Canada Centre by a score of 4-3.

The lack of killer instinct is really the issue here. The Sabres had many chances to add insurance but they couldn’t get it done. Even with an injury depleted lineup, missing Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Chris Butler, the team was in position to win.

But even after allowing an equalizer, it took Phil Kessel banking a shot in off the skate of Steve Montador for Toronto to take the lead they needed.

“They got lucky,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said about the Leafs. “(The) puck went off the skate, sometimes you’ve got to live with that.”

Buffalo now heads home to play their first home game in over two weeks against the awaiting Ottawa Senators.

  • Jochen Hecht had a really good night for being out for four games. A goal, +1, six shots on goal and he was the Sabres’ best faceoff man.
  • Mark Parrish got the recall for the game with all the injuries. He was -2, had 0 shots and 0 points in almost 13 minutes of ice time. He’s not going to contribute much, it doesn’t look like he has anything left.
  • The Sabres won 33% of their faceoffs. That is fucking pathetic.
  • I don’t know about what anyone else saw, but it didn’t seem like Ryan Miller was playing with a lot of confidence. His body language didn’t look very good throughout the game. Seemed really uneasy.
  • One good part of seeing the Leafs keep their playoff hopes alive? It’ll be even funnier when they don’t make the playoffs. The rematch on March 29 will hopefully give Buffalo a chance to finish the job.
  • I watched the CBC broadcast of the game. How the hell did everyone on with a microphone on that network have such a problem saying “Mancari” the whole night?
  • For what it’s worth, of the Sabres’ top five scorers against Toronto this season, three were out of the lineup on Saturday.
  • Elaborating on that last one, Derek Roy’s absence is felt even more on a game like that. Roy always plays well against the Leafs, especially at the Air Canada Centre, and even more so on Hockey Night in Canada. He could’ve been the difference.
  • The officials let way too much go. Tyler Ennis should’ve gotten an obvious high-sticking penalty in the second period. Buffalo got exactly one powerplay, which lasted 18 seconds thanks to Jordan Leopold’s powerplay goal.
  • Speaking of Toronto’s playoff hopes, Sports Club Stats has them at a 4.6% chance of making the postseason. Keep dreaming, Leafs Nation.

Posted on March 13, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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