Overreactions, 9th Edition: Sabres get the expected win

The Columbus Blue Jackets were coming off their first win of the season. They couldn’t win two in a row, could they?

The Sabres made sure of that.

Even after blowing a two goal lead, Buffalo was able to grab two third period goals to make the difference in a 4-2 win over Columbus, earning their first home win of the season.

Jason Pominville was the first star, notching two goals and an assist, including the insurance goal with 2:24 on the clock in the third period.

“We stuck with it,” Pominville said. “We can be better, but we’ll definitely take the win.”

Brad Boyes and Patrick Kaleta also scored for Buffalo. Backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 41 saves to move to 2-0-0 on the season.

Thomas Vanek tallied three assists in the win, pushing him to second in the NHL in points with 14 (seven goals, seven assists).

NHL Predictions

  • Andrej Sekera played easily his worst game of the season. And that’s saying something. He’s been arguably the Sabres’ best defenseman to this point. He took three minor penalties and still ended as a +1, leaving him tied for second in the NHL in that category. An off night, but the guy has been solid to this point.
  • The powerplay, which has struggled recently, was 2-for-3 on the night. The special teams as a whole had a good night, with the penalty kill going 6-for-6. Looking at the final score, it was the difference.

  • There shouldn’t be a goaltending controversy whatsoever. But Jhonas Enroth continues to eliminate any doubt that he deserves one out of every four games. If he doesn’t reach 20 games played this season, that’s at fault of Lindy Ruff. He plays well enough to get wins. A stellar performance tonight out of the young Swede.
  • Paul Gaustad was a beast on faceoffs, going 16-for-24. Sabres won the faceoff battle again. Assistant coach Kevyn Adams seems to be having a positive impact on that facet of the game.
  • Another great game from Patrick Kaleta, including the game winning goal. In the last two games, he’s done everything you’d ask him to do. Be a physical presence. Drop the gloves when needed. Chip in offensively. When he plays like this, his worth to the team is sky high.
  • It is a bit disheartening to see the Sabres struggle through the heart of the game, especially defending a two-goal lead. Blowing a two-goal margin on home ice is inexcusable, especially to a team of Columbus’ calibre. They need to sharpen up at home.

Sports Betting Online

  • Thomas Vanek… Hart Trophy candidate? At this point, yes.
  • On that topic, it’s always a good thing to see players with the “BUF” abbreviation next to their names in the league leaders columns. Vanek and Pominville are off to great starts. There’s a reason they’re wearing the “A” and “C”, respectively. Their success is part of why the team is succeeding.
  • Only -2 player on the team was Marc-Andre Gragnani. I’m starting to wonder how Mike Weber hasn’t gotten a single game yet. I hope to see him finally get a chance to play on Saturday. You can’t have a player of that skill sitting for a month. It’s just inexcusable.

Posted on October 28, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It seems like Mags is becoming the whipping boy for those who want to see Weber get on the ice, but I don’t see any good reason other than he’s the least experienced guy on the blueline. You mentioned his -2 yesterday, what about his +3 on the season? What about the 2 powerplay goals he was on the ice for yesterday that didn’t help his +/-? The team’s Corsi is +26 when he’s on the ice and -12 when he’s off. For every 60 min of ice time the team scores 4.16 goals and only gives up 1.56. You mentioned Sekera had his worst game of the season last night, just so happened to be the first game he wasn’t paired with Grags (why those two were broken up I don’t know, I think it has more to do with breaking up Erhoff/Leopold). I’m not arguing that Weber doesn’t deserve to get some games, but some other guys deserve the healthy scratch more than Grags does.

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