Overreactions, Edition 70: You’re still in 9th, Carolina
This about all the Sabres saw on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes, led by Cam Ward, walked away with a 1-0 win over Buffalo.
“It comes down to putting your chances away,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who stopped 32 shots. “All in all, it was a good hockey game, but not the side we wanted to be on.”
- The Sabres’ inability to score on any of their 22 shots in the first period really sealed their fate. Failing to take the lead when they were carrying play killed them.
- I will never understand how Nathan Gerbe got a diving call in the Carolina zone during the second period. What an awfully officiated sequence. If you wanna give him a penalty, penalize him for the retaliatory slashes prior to that. Poor judgement by the officials.
- Dear Versus, never have a home crew calling a nationally televised game. The bias was evident and unbearable. I enjoy many of their broadcasts, but that was horrid.
- Tuomo Ruuttu is a bitch.
- If anyone blames that loss on Ryan Miller, I suggest they go walk into oncoming traffic. You can’t win if you don’t score.
- Jordan Leopold played over 27 minutes. That seems very odd. Usually the high TOI defenseman is around 22-24 minutes in a given game. Lindy’s done a good job spreading it around, but Uncle Leo was pretty good in that time.
- Rob Niedermayer and Mike Grier were pretty much useless. Both looked gassed the whole night. Come April, they’ll be at the bottom of the depth chart.
- Buffalo’s four centers (Boyes, Connolly, Gaustad, McCormick) were 37-of-58, or 64% on draws. Other forwards were 2-of-11, for 22%.
- Anticipation is already building for the April 3rd rematch at RBC Center. Expect a volatile atmosphere for that one.