Overreactions, Edition 77: No need to panic

Things didn’t look to good in the lead-up to game time.

Coming off a 4-3 loss the night before to the hated Toronto Maple Leafs, word broke late that Ryan Miller would not play Wednesday night against the NY Rangers.

No problem.

Jhonas Enroth earned his 1st NHL shutout and Tim Connolly’s second period bullet proved to be enough to get the Sabres a 1-0 win over the Rangers, putting Buffalo into 7th place in the Eastern Conference.

Miller is day-to-day with an upper body injury, but Sabres fans should be feeling fairly confident about things after the rookie netminder’s performance.

“He gave us a chance to win,” Sabres forward Jason Pominville said. “We’ve come to know what to expect out of him, and he delivered it tonight.”

Enroth has now won his last four starts and doesn’t have an NHL loss since November. Sporting a 6-2-1 record on the season, his strong play in relief could be the difference with the playoff race down to the wire.

  • Thomas Vanek tallied an assist, but didn’t convert on a bunch of chances he had. Results or not, if Vanek plays like he’s been playing, that’s the kind of effort that can carry a team offensively. He’s been the team’s best player for a while now.
  • So, when do we start discussing whether or not the Sabres should resign Tim Connolly? Four goals, six assists in the last eleven games. He’s not worth his current price, but if this Vanek-Connolly-Pominville line works well in the playoffs, you have to look at keeping it together, right?
  • I don’t see any situation where the Sabres are better off when Rob Niedermayer (13:55) has more ice time than Tyler Ennis (12:33). Ennis is only 2nd on the team in points. That’s absurd.
  • Congrats to Paul Gaustad for going 9-of-15 on draws, being the only Sabre who won more than 40% of his faceoffs.
  • I think the proper play here is going with Enroth Saturday in Washington to reward him for the shutout. That gives Miller an extra day of rest and hopefully he’s ready to go Sunday in Carolina.
  • The Sabres powerplay has not failed on an opportunity since Marc-Andre Gragnani was added to the top unit.
  • Buffalo did a good job coming out strong and setting a tone, a night after an early goal allowed gave Toronto momentum. Outshot the Rangers 15-8 in the first period.
  • Sabres are 7-1-1 with Matt Ellis in the lineup. As far as I’m concerned, I think he’s much more useful than Mike Grier at this point.
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Posted on March 31, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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