Overreactions, Edition 74: Standing ground

It really wasn’t about what the Sabres did Friday night at HSBC Arena.

Sure, they defeated Florida 4-2 to gain another two points in the standings. The important result of the night, coupled with Carolina’s win over Tampa Bay, was that Buffalo didn’t let the ‘Canes close any of the three-point gap that separates the two teams.

Drew Stafford led the way with two goals and an assist, and the Sabres eliminated Florida (and Ottawa) from playoff contention.

Jason Pominville scored the opening goal early and Stafford’s second of the night came just 13 seconds after Jordan Leopold made the game 3-1 in the third period.

“Once you get that one goal, the crowd gets into it and the momentum shifts,” Pominville said. “And then we got another one off the bat, and the building kind of exploded. It’s a fun building to play in when it gets like that.”

Ryan Miller made 22 saves and allowed just one goal in the first 59:57 of the game before Florida added a meaningless tally at the end.

  • Anyone else notice how I need to make mention of Tyler Ennis being all over the place (in a good way) almost every game. Added two assists, both on very smart plays, and now is just seven points back of the rookie scoring lead.
  • A light night for Ryan Miller leads the way for another start on Saturday night. I’d assume that Jhonas Enroth is going to get one of the two midweek games coming up, but with no 3-in-4 night stretches until next week, and points being precious, Miller will be playing a lot.
  • Thomas Vanek picked up an assist on the opening goal, but as snakebitten as he’s been, he did the work on that one by getting pushed into Tomas Vokoun and making it easy for Pominville.
  • Sabres, you get credit for trying a new goal song. “Swords Of a Thousand Men” was very well received. But you also get credit for being stupid and going back to the same song you used before that the majority of people didn’t really like. Teasing us with positive changes doesn’t do anything when you’re just reverting back. And I know the goal song is somewhat inconsequential, but it’s the principle. We didn’t like the way you did things before Pegula Day, so stop doing things the way you did them before Pegula Day.
  • Tyler Myers was supposedly questionable with illness Friday afternoon. He looked it on that turnover that led to the first goal.
  • Is it just me or did the ice look terrible? Puck seemed to be bouncing everywhere. Maybe a good investment would be a new refrigeration system.
  • Mike Grier has looked old and slow for the last two months. Father time is pushing him towards the press box. I know Lindy Ruff tends to think otherwise, but veteran presence can only compensate for so much.
  • So… Stephen Weiss. Gonna get suspended, right Colin? That’s gotta be a game or two if you’re gonna be serious.

Go Tampa Bay!

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Posted on March 26, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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