Overreactions, 22nd Edition: Yikes.

When you go play a team that’s in 30th place out of 30 in the league, usually it helps to put forth a little effort.

Coming off one of the more emotional efforts of the season before the holiday, the Sabres came out lifeless and allowed the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets lay a beat-down on them, taking a 5-1 loss.

Jordan Leopold scored for Buffalo.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen it this bad before,” said Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff, the league’s longest-tenured coach. “I think we’ve got seven regulars out of the lineup. We need to make better plays than we did tonight. Obviously when you’re short-handed you’ve got to be good with the puck.”

And make that eight regulars, as defenseman Robyn Regehr left the game with an upper body injury.

Jhonas Enroth took the loss, allowing four goals on 18 shots before giving way to Drew MacIntyre, who stopped 15 of 16 he faced.

  • Buffalo had a good number of opportunities early in the game to take the lead and it bit them in the ass. Jochen Hecht had a glorious opportunity that he decided to pass on. They left the door open for Columbus, and by the time they finally beat Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford, it was too late.
  • Lindy Ruff waiting a long time to shuffle lines, as there wasn’t major shuffling until midway through the third period. With the Vanek-Hecht-Pominville line being ineffective, Ruff decided to break up the scoring duo who’ve carried the team through the first quarter of the season instead of just getting them away from Hecht. Not quite sure why. Derek Roy was having a decent game at the dot, you’d think the logical move would be to put Roy in the middle there as he was a few games ago. Guess not.
  • Zack Kassian picked up an assist in his NHL debut, but exhibited the play that will disappoint many fans who see him as a physical presence. He registered one hit on the night.
  • Marc-Andre Gragnani may have played his worst game as an NHLer tonight. Absolutely awful. Blew his coverage on the first Columbus goal and took a penalty that led to the second goal. If they weren’t already devastated by injuries, he’d be getting a seat in the press box.
  • Paul Gaustad and Nathan Gerbe were near invisible throughout the game. They’re supposed to bring energy to the team, and their lack of energy was noticeable.
  • Props to Columbus’ Curtis Sanford for rocking those light blue pads tonight. They looked good.
  • Corey Tropp had his worst effort of his time in Buffalo, posting a solid -3. Rough night for the kid.
  • For you history buffs, Peter Skudra’s all-time record for goals against average in a Sabres uniform is now safe. Drew MacIntyre’s career 1.40 GAA is now second in team history.
  • Jordan Leopold is on pace for 20 goals. How about that? Best defenseman on the ice, yet again. Eventually, people are going to have to start talking about how good he’s been.

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

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