Overreactions, 9/48 Edition: Sabres not so Super, lose to Panthers

20130203 sabres suckHey, what a shocker… a Buffalo team loses on Super Bowl Sunday.

Yeah, I know. Lame and easy. But an afternoon that could’ve ended pleasantly in Buffalo will now only create more headaches. The Sabres jumped out to a 3-1 second period lead en route to a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers.

“We played stupid I guess,” said superhuman star winger Thomas Vanek. “We had some great chances, didn’t even hit the net on some of them. We need to be smarter.”

Vanek, the NHL’s leading scorer, extended his lead with a goal and two assists, giving him 19 points in eight games.

Cody Hodgson also tallied a goal and two assists, and Alexander Sulzer added his second goal in three games for Buffalo. But the story was the missed opportunities, not only to score, but to prevent goals. Tyler Ennis had a breakaway in the second period which he did not convert. Marcus Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko, Jochen Hecht, and Drew Stafford all had notable scoring opportunities which were not finished.

Shawn Matthias, George Parros, Peter Mueller and former Sabre Brian Campbell scored for Florida, who won their first road game of the year.

The burden of Buffalo’s third game in four nights appeared to take it’s toll in the end, and the Sabres have just a one day break before they head to Ottawa on Tuesday.

“I thought our energy was, compared to yesterday, was great for the first 40 minutes,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff in his post game press conference. “We gotta do some things different… that’s obvious.”

Buffalo now has lost six of their last seven after starting 2-0 on the shortened year.

“It just got away from us,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who stopped 29 shots.

  • The George Parros goal was the epitome of a trainwreck for Buffalo. Alexander Sulzer makes a terrible play at the point to turn the puck over. Sulzer and the nearby Marcus Foligno get beat up the ice to create the rush. Christian Ehrhoff aimlessly slides through the slot to stop the play. Tyler Ennis glides up behind Parros as he beats Miller with a weak shot. In reality, that was the first nail in the coffin. The team was mailing it in from that point on.
  • Marcus Foligno played a career-high 21:46, more than all but Christian Ehrhoff and Jordan Leopold. So, yeah… about that. What?
  • Tyler Myers has been getting rightfully killed for his awful play, and he was an orange paint job away from being an actual pylon on the tying goal. But I guess it wasn’t all bad, because he ended up even. He was on the ice for the tying and winning goals against. It could be worse!
  • Too bad that the game ended the way it did, because Jason Pominville’s between the legs pass to Vanek on the opening goal was cash money.
  • I honestly didn’t hate Drew Stafford today. He made an awesome series of plays in the first period, but he wasn’t overly bad and created some chances throughout. Still sitting goalless on the year.
  • I did like the Sabres’ new intro video, set to “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. The song choice isn’t ideal, but whoever put the video together worked with it well. Loved the use of the matrix boards. Just need to find a better song and get rid of the flag and we might have something here. Kudos to Game Presentation for the effort, if only because they dumped the last intro.
  • If this keeps up, Ryan Miller won’t be too enthused about continually getting hung out to dry when it comes time to negotiate a contract extension in July.
  • John Scott: 4:04 TOI, 5 PIM. Total on the year: 30:21 TOI, 14 PIM, -1, 0 points, 3 SOG and one giant waste of a roster spot.
  • Not a lot of chatter about Mikhail Grigorenko’s game today. -1 in 15:04 of ice time, and blew a glorious chance to score. Guess enough of his teammates fucked up worse for him to get away with it.
  • Thomas Vanek could rightfully walk into that locker room and tear all his teammates a new asshole any time now. The guy would be a Hart candidate if this team was winning. He’s 29 years old and his prime is getting wasted on a terrible team.
  • The Sabres have allowed 30 or more shots in seven of their nine games.

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered around 10 minute mark of 3rd period)

1. Thomas Vanek, Buffalo
2. Peter Mueller, Florida
3. Cody Hodgson, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Thomas Vanek, Buffalo (goal (8), 2 assists)
2. Brian Campbell, Florida (GW-PPG (4), 22:15 TOI)
3. Cody Hodgson, Buffalo (goal (5), 2 assists)

Quote of the night:

“I think it falls on everyone to chip in any way they can whether it’s not going your way offensively, it’s making sure you’re not getting caught and playing well defensively.” — Buffalo Sabres F Jason Pominville


Posted on February 3, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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