Overreactions, Edition 78: A game of bounces

What a weird, weird game that was. The game was decided on bounces, and it went Washington’s way.

After Drew Stafford gave the Sabres the lead on the powerplay late on what can be called an own goal, Alexander Ovechkin’s deflected shot found its way past Jhonas Enroth 3:19 into the extra period to hand Buffalo a 5-4 overtime loss.

Stafford had two goals on the night as the Sabres let two one-goal leads slip away in the third period, including a floater in the first period to tie up the game after Buffalo fell in a quick hole.

Buffalo moves a point ahead of 8th place New York and holds a two point lead on 9th place Carolina, who defeated the Islanders Saturday night.

Thomas Vanek and Paul Gaustad had the other goals for Buffalo, and Jhonas Enroth had 30 saves in his first loss since November.

  • Drew Stafford with his 30th goal of the season tonight. Don’t worry about him getting a ridiculous payday. One name to remember: Matt Moulson. There’s reason to believe Darcy Regier will be able to get Drew signed reasonably this offseason.
  • The Sabres can’t fall into early holes this time of year. Kudos for climbing out of it, but you can’t allow that situation to happen.
  • Come on, David Amber. Ovechkin didn’t “step up”. Fluke goal. Shot would’ve been wide of the net if Pominville didn’t tip it.
  • In light of my post earlier in the day, Tim Connolly was on the ice to kill that penalty late in the 3rd. Yes, Washington scored, and I don’t want to be “that guy” who brings it up every chance I get, but just think about the fact Ruff would use him there when you assess his value.
  • Congrats to Thomas Vanek, who scored his 200th career goal.
  • When did Paul Gaustad learn a move like that? Where did he get hands?
  • Yes, we’re really Flyers fans on Sunday. Sabres still have a game in hand on the Rangers, but Philly could really help the Sabres out.
  • Buffalo now 7-1-2 with Matt Ellis in the lineup. Just sayin’.
  • How are all three stars from one team in a 5-4 overtime game? Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble, and Jason Arnott. The stats back them up, but it seems odd to me.
  • Sabres powerplay running at 66.7% since Marc-Andre Gragnani was added to the top unit.
  • Got to listen to the Comcast feed of the game on NHL Net. Joe Beninati is one of the best in the game.

Huge game on Sunday. Just win, baby.


Posted on April 2, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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