Overreactions, 28/48 Edition: Sabres lose in Sabres fashion to Sens

163808165_slideThe Buffalo Sabres played one of their best first periods of the season on Saturday.

Their opponent had limited quality scoring opportunities and good work in the offensive zone gave them a solid 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. But this is the 2012-2013 Buffalo Sabres.

Ottawa stormed back in the second period with three goals, and scored the winner in overtime as they defeated Buffalo by a score of 4-3. Kyle Turris won it with the Senators enjoying the extra man thanks to a Christian Ehrhoff penalty halfway through the extra period.

The Sabres salvaged a point thanks to a third period equalizer by Drew Stafford, who scored his second of the game with approximately eight minutes left. It was his second of the game, doubling his season goal total.

“We gave them a point tonight,” said defenseman Mike Weber, who tallied his first goal of the season. “It’s extremely upsetting. I don’t know what else to say.”

Goals by Patrick Wiercioch, Chris Phillips and Kyle Turris turned the game around for Ottawa, who outshot the Sabres 15-9 in the second. Buffalo, by virtue of the point earned in overtime, temporarily moved into 12th place in the East.

Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots in the loss.

“We’ve got to put together a hell of a stretch here just to have a chance to get in the playoffs. To go to sleep there for 20, it’s extremely disappointing,” said Weber.

  • Ville Leino looked really good in his season debut. He picked up an assist on the Weber goal, and was in position to get a piece of it on its way through. It’s hard to gauge how his absence has effected the team. As much as he draws the ire of many, the team is better with him than without him.
  • Not sure I’d have called it “interference,” but Christian Ehrhoff definitely earned that penalty in overtime.
  • Hopefully, Drew Stafford gained some confidence with his two goals. He earned them how he should be earning them regularly: going to the front of the net and getting pucks on goal. If anyone could use a little hot streak, it’s him.
  • The Leino-Ennis-Ott line looked really good overall, especially in the first period. Each player adds a different dynamic. Sometimes those are the most effective lines.
  • If this team was really competing for a playoff spot, losing Andrej Sekera would be a big blow. But they’re not, so it’s not that big of a deal. He was only on the ice for 15:39 Saturday and missed time due to an injury.
  • There’s few things that make me cringe as a fan of this team, but seeing Daniel Alfredsson with the puck winding up for a shot from the point on the powerplay is one of them. The old man has a cannon and it can be devastating. Can’t wait until that prick retires.
  • It’s nice to see Rolston roll four lines in the truest sense of rolling four lines. The team low on TOI was Nathan Gerbe, at 11:06. Everyone was deserving of the shifts they got.
  • The Flynn-Porter-Foligno line that has been going so well lately didn’t have as strong of a game as they have been. I did like Kevin Porter and Brian Flynn on the penalty kill. If Flynn can become a defensively reliable player, he’ll have a roster spot.
  • There was talk from some that maybe John Scott should’ve played to keep Ottawa’s Matt Kassian in check. Scott was scratched and Kassian played just 3:21.
  • Chris Neil is a piece of shit. His targets during the game were 5’5″ Gerbe (both went to the box for two minutes) and 5’11” Porter, who Neil laid out with a big hit. Robyn Regehr eventually went after him, but the guy picks his spots like no other.
  • Getting people with drums in the arena to start chants and stuff is an honorable effort to try something different, but those assholes shouldn’t just be hammering away at their drums to the tune of something incoherent during play. Stupid.

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered around 6 minute mark of 3rd period)
1. Drew Stafford, Buffalo
2. Patrick Wiercioch, Ottawa
3. Kyle Turris, Ottawa

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Drew Stafford, Buffalo (2 goals (4))
2. Kyle Turris, Ottawa (2 goals (7), assist)
3. Patrick Wiercioch, Ottawa (goal (4), assist)

Quote of the night:

“Hopefully, we learned a lesson.” — Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller

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Posted on March 17, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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