Delayed Overreactions, 13th Edition: Sabres shootout success stops Sens

It took long enough, but the Sabres finally skated more than 60 minutes, and they came away with two points to boot.

Even after 65, it wasn’t until Derek Roy sealed it in round six of the shootout that Buffalo defeated Ottawa by a score of 3-2.

Roy was the hero in his hometown, tying the game at 1-1 in the second period and then getting the winner. Jordan Leopold also scored for Buffalo, who were backstopped by Jhonas Enroth for the second night in a row.

The decision to go with Enroth caught many off guard, but the rookie continued his flawless record, moving to 4-0 on the year.

“It’s not an easy decision to make because we need both guys going,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I wouldn’t be standing here putting everything on Ryan for that debacle we had in the first seven minutes against Philly. Philly’s a good team.

“I think Jhonas has stepped in and played well, his numbers are good and just on a hunch I decided to give him back-to-back games.”

Enroth made 25 saves and denied four of Ottawa’s six shooters in the skills competition.

  • Really shocked that Ruff was willing to go with Enroth. He may have looked at it like “Well, if he comes in and wins, great, but if I stick with Jhonas and he loses, maybe everyone will shut up and leave Ryan alone.” They got the win, and Miller will have a chance to redeem himself this week. Maybe, I guess. Who knows.
  • Tyler Myers did a great job activating in the offensive zone, but defensively, he’s still a bit of a mess. Both Senators goals were created by situations where Myers was positioned too far away to make a play on it, allowing players to break in past him.
  • Corey Tropp had another solid game. I think he could use some more time in Rochester to play key minutes to develop, but the kid is gonna find a spot on the team.
  • Don’t know about anyone else, but I’m fully ready for Kevin Sylvester to take over full time in the booth. Sometimes I think he tries too hard to show emotion and, well, be like Rick. When he’s calm, and just calls the play, he’s extremely good.
  • Holy crap, Senators coach Paul MacLean has an incredible mustache.
  • Nathan Gerbe’s effort on the Leopold goal was, well, awesome. He made that play. But kudos to Leopold for jumping into the play at the right time. Ottawa’s forwards all collapsed with him, so the risk of a break the other way was limited.
  • There were only a few seconds left in overtime, but I can’t believe the high stick on Thomas Vanek was missed by the officials. In a situation like that, where the puck is near the net, all four sets of eyes are in that direction. It’s four-on-four, so there’s less behind the play. Somebody has to notice that.
  • Brad Boyes’ revered shootout skills finally got put to use, and he lived up to the hype. Made it look easy. Also thought he played well with Gaustad and Gerbe. He’s been playing quite well of late.
  • Just something I thought of watching the game: Anyone else wondering if giving Cody McCormick $1.2 million a year for three years was a good idea?
  • And another Boyes-related thing: the powerplay has looked really good since he was put on the top unit. The scoring hasn’t necessarily been there, but the puck movement is good and they get some looks. It’s a work-in-progress since they still can’t get point-shots through, but baby steps is alright if they keep winning.
  • Props to MSG for the great opening montage. Makes me miss the black-and-red era even more.

Posted on November 8, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Maclean’s mustache is epic. Gebie’s personal effort is unmatched on the team. I’m not a fan of Derek Roy, yet every time I am vocal about it he turns clutch. Tropp dropped the gloves trying to get Chris Neil and Neil wanted none of it. Enroth is playing great but the best goaltender in the world is on the bench?

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