Overreactions, Edition 69: Scoring a win for Rico

There’s really not much that can be said.

Yes, the Sabres won Sunday, but the day was more of a loss than anything.

Just hours after learning of the passing of Sabres legend Richard Martin, they honored him by defeating Ottawa 6-4.

Coming off a long seven-game road trip and a loss in Toronto the night before, a determined team showed up at HSBC Arena. Led by two goals from rookie Tyler Ennis, Buffalo returned home and moved back into 7th place in the East.

Nathan Gerbe scored the eventual game winner in a play that easily evoked what everyone fondly remembers of Rick Martin, streaking down the wing and ripping a slapper past the goaltender.

“That was a mirror image,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “You don’t see those very often. As soon as it went in, I thought it was vintage Richard Martin right there.”

As a fan, not being there at the game, it’ll be one of those games you’ll remember and wish you got to experience. Seeing that poignant salute to the banner at the end is going to stick in the minds of many Sabres fans.

What does this win mean, other than two points? Way too early to tell. But maybe this team showed that it has what it takes to dig down and pull out a little extra when it matters.

  • Tyler Ennis is going to be a star in the NHL. How long it takes is the question. Kid’s got a nose for the net, and he keeps racking up points. Get some muscle on him and lock him up for a long time, because he’ll be a rock for this franchise for the forseeable future.
  • Jhonas Enroth notched another win, but there should be no discussion about a goaltending issue. Enroth still has a lot of work to do, and he let in some weak goals. But he’s young, and it is nothing to worry about.
  • Props to the Sabres organization for all the changes. Everyone who I talked to that attended today raved about the programs and some of the little things that changed. Excellent to see.
  • Mike Weber, after scoring Saturday night, dropped three assists. It’s gonna be tough to get him out of the lineup if he continues.
  • Thomas Vanek was great around the net, picking up a goal and an assist. He could’ve easily had another assist when he tried setting up Tim Connolly on a 2-on-1, but Connolly, who had a very good game, couldn’t get a good shot off.
  • Brad Boyes better watch himself. He’s gonna end up a fan favorite if he keeps scoring all the time.
  • Just a reminder how beautiful the first goal was. From Sekera’s play at the point, to Connolly recovering the puck and feeding that gorgeous pass to Ennis, to Tyler’s calm finish. Awesome.
  • Ottawa’s Jason Spezza has scored 12% of his career goals against the Sabres. 22 of 186. Incredible. That doesn’t count playoffs either.

Posted on March 14, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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