Overreactions, 15/48 Edition: Well, how about that.

20130215 millerHard to say anyone had reason to expect much out of the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

They’ve been performing at levels that can be described somewhere between “garbage” and “R. Kelly’s Doo Doo Butter” since they had their hallmark-at-the-time win over their opponent on the night, the Boston Bruins. And Boston is quite good, despite a record against the Sabres that says otherwise.

But there go the Sabres, walking away with a 4-2 victory against the team with the second best record in the conference.

Drew Stafford gave Buffalo an early lead with his first goal of the season. That lead would disappear as Boston climbed out to a 2-1 advantage mere minutes into the second period. But thanks to some fantastic goaltending, they never extended it. Ryan Miller was sensational when he had to be, keeping the Sabres in it when they probably shouldn’t have been. He made 30 saves and got the help from the posts as well to keep Boston from pulling away.

“He’s the backbone of this team,” said Stafford. “It’s up to us to put the puck in the net and win some games for him.”

Buffalo would steal the game in the third period with goals from Tyler Myers, Christian Ehrhoff and Cody Hodgson. Boston registered just three shots on goal in the final 20 minutes.

“As much as they outplayed us in the first couple periods, we came out and played our game and turned the game around,” said Ehrhoff.

  • Congrats to Boston’s Dougie Hamilton on his first NHL goal. Wish the Sabres would’ve shown some respect and announced that with the goal like they would if it was a Buffalo rookie. It’s a milestone achievement, it’d be a nice acknowledgement. The kid played junior hockey in what you consider your market, people would’ve appreciated it.
  • Steve Ott ended up with 11 hits, the most since Paul Gaustad had 10 in the Winter Classic over five years ago. Honestly, I didn’t expect to see that number that high. He was definitely throwing the body around, but that’s crazy. Boston’s Milan Lucic had a physical game and he finished with 5.
  • Good for Tyler Myers to find the scoresheet, and more importantly, pick up his first assist on the season almost a third of the way through this shortened campaign. Not scoring is one thing, but Myers’ lack of making plays to set them up is something that has really hurt this team. He was still average-to-below-average defensively, but he’s only effective when he makes up for that offensively. He did tonight.
  • Mike Weber caught the short straw tonight and sat out as a healthy scratch after a pretty solid stretch of games. Lindy indicated after the game it was just a rotation to make sure guys keep getting in, but if you’re rewarding good play, maybe you look at taking out someone else. Despite that, they won, so really, what the fuck do I know?
  • Ryan Miller is an unrestricted free agent in 500 days. Just throwing that out there.
  • The Sabres rolled out yet another intro video before the game, finally something respectable. While I wouldn’t say Green Day’s “Know Your Enemy” is ideal, it’s good to see they’re trending towards something that works. Make some better choices on things you’re screwing up throughout the night, and we’re getting to a workable point. At least there’s some improvement. Now when they decide to use “Bridge Burning” by Foo Fighters (which would be my first suggestion), then we’ll see some real effects.
  • Really sucks to see Andrej Sekera go down with an injury. Aside from Ehrhoff, he’s been the team’s best defenseman, period. Good in his own zone, dynamic offensively and making few (but obvious) fuck-ups compared to the rest of the blueline. Ruff called it a “charley horse” but it looked worse than that. Time on the sidelines, to be determined.
  • Thomas Vanek had two looks at an empty net and came up empty handed. He’s now in a terrible slump and still owns a two point lead in the NHL scoring race. Lazy, lazy.
  • Drew Stafford’s demeanor after the game was encouraging. He looked relieved and confident. Seemed like he was itching to play another game and try to get another goal. Interested to see how he comes out Sunday.
  • To the intern who came up to one of the sections in front of the press box and yelled at the crowd “Who wants a t-shirt?” in the middle of play, please go tell your boss that they’re an asshole for making and/or letting you do that. Come on, seriously? Get your shit together.

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered around 8 minute mark of 3rd period)

1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo
2. Dougie Hamilton, Boston
3. Christian Ehrhoff, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo (30 saves, 2 GA)
2. Drew Stafford, Buffalo (goal (1), assist)
3. Dougie Hamilton, Boston (goal (1), assist)

Quote of the night:

β€œIt’s a character win for us against a team like that.” β€” Buffalo Sabres F Drew Stafford


Posted on February 16, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That’s a good point on the Hamilton announcement. If you’re going to play the Canadian anthem before each game, why wouldn’t you do that? There needs to be someone in the organization that thinks about stuff like this.

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