Overreactions, 27/48 Edition: Sabres win, Tortorella still thinks they suck

163580867_slideOn paper, this wasn’t going to go well.

On the ice, well, that’s why they actually play the games, right?

Jhonas Enroth, starting for the ill Ryan Miller, was sensational on the night, stopping 32 shots to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. It was Enroth’s first win since November 26, 2011.

“I felt very confident and I had control of every shot,” said Enroth. “I didn’t give up any bad rebounds and stuff like that, so it was pretty much a perfect game for me.”

Buffalo got two goals from Marcus Foligno and the game winner from, surprise, Thomas Vanek.

Even after surrendering the first goal, yet another shorthanded marker scored by Rangers forward and fine American Derek Stepan, Buffalo kept their composure for the most part. Foligno scored moments later to tie the game, and Vanek added what would be the winner with just over seven minutes remaining in the second.

Foligno tallied the insurance marker with about eight minutes to go in the third, banging in a rebound in front of the net. The Sabres, who rocket up to 27th in the NHL standings with the win, would hold on despite getting outshot 18-3 in the final 20 minutes.

Hey, a win is nice every once in a while.

  • Andrej Sekera was fantastic for the Sabres. Great with the puck, made smart and confident plays. Picked up two assists, but those weren’t even his best plays of the night. Overall great game from the Slovak, who played 21:48 of great hockey.
  • Brian Flynn and Kevin Porter may be earning themselves spots on the team. It’s obvious the team may be looking to deal at the deadline, and right now, these guys may be locked in for the remainder of the year if they keep this up. Flynn had an assist and Porter is showing more and more dependability. They bring what you need out of your bottom six.
  • Really shocked that the officials didn’t try to even out the penalty calls in the third period. New York ended up with just one opportunity, where they obviously didn’t score.
  • On the drums/drumline the Sabres brought in: says a lot that they’re resorting to crap like this yet still can’t fix the core issues with the atmosphere. This is like Rolston trying to break a losing streak by throwing John Scott on the top line. Rearranging deck chairs. Getting a drum in the arena is great, but it’s on the fans to do that. You can’t force that shit. And the continued drumming during play, especially powerplays, well, that’s pretty fucking stupid.
  • You know, Jochen Hecht hasn’t been awful the last couple games. Regier may actually be able to trade him.
  • Mikhail Grigorenko had one shift in the second and zero in the third. When Leino and Ennis are healthy, they’re going to have some tough choices considering how well the Flynn-Porter-Foligno line is going. Worst case scenario, he might actually get to skate with talented players.
  • Henrik Lundqvist’s kick save sequence in the first period was ridiculous. Bad finishing by the Sabres, sure, but Lundqvist was with the play the whole time. He’s kinda good.
  • By the way, John Scott did play more than five minutes. 5:01, actually.
  • When Thomas Vanek turns on the nitro-boosters, it’s magic. He blew past Dan Girardi and walked in alone on Lundqvist. Henrik had little chance.
  • The Sabres now have three full days off before Saturday’s matinee against Ottawa. Schedule doesn’t seem so “compressed” right now.

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered around 6 minute mark of 3rd period)
1. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo
2. Andrej Sekera, Buffalo
3. Marcus Foligno, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Marcus Foligno, Buffalo (2 goals (3))
2. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo (32 saves, 1 GA)
3. Andrej Sekera, Buffalo (2 assists)

Quote of the night:

“I thought we stunk and I’m not going to give Buffalo any credit. Well, I will give their third line credit. They outplayed our top players and that can’t happen.” — New York Rangers coach John Tortorella

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Posted on March 13, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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