Overreactions, 29/48 Edition: Loss with a Capital “L”

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At least the whole country got a taste of this mess.

In a battle of two struggling teams trying to maintain any semblance of playoff hopes, it was the Capitals who walked away with two points and the Sabres walking away with a 5-3 loss in our glorious global superpower nation’s capital.

Searching for another strong start, Buffalo was able to keep the Capitals off the scoreboard for a respectable 19 seconds, as legendary hockey GM Mike Milbury’s favorite player, Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring. That was actually the high point of the first period, which was an overall craptacular period of hockey.

Buffalo would tie it just 12 seconds into the second period, as Cody Hodgson scored his 11th of the year. Washington came back with three straight before Brian Flynn scored his third to make it 4-2 after two.

Hodgson would add another in the third to cut the deficit to one before Washington’s Mathieu Perrault added an insurance marker for the Caps, who jump the Sabres in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sabres now sit in 14th, while the Caps move up to 13th.

Ryan Miller made 20 saves for Buffalo.

  • Mark Pysyk looked pretty solid in his NHL debut. Really came out calm and make some smart plays in the first. He looked bad on the fifth goal, but that was really his only hiccup in 14:55 of TOI.
  • The game Steve Ott played tonight is the game you really want out of him when he’s not scoring. He was a pest all night, drew a couple penalties and really was all up in Washington’s shit. He didn’t get on the scoresheet, but he was effective.
  • Personally, I would’ve gone with Jhonas Enroth in goal tonight. His last performance merited another start. This was the best situation you could ask for. Don’t know when he gets in again. Maybe on the Florida road trip?
  • Ryan Miller had some tough comments for Patrick Kaleta after the game. Kaleta was upset about being a scratch. Miller didn’t like him bitching about it in the media. I can say I like what both had to say. Kaleta should be pissed he’s not playing, but he deserved to sit after costing the team a game. But Miller isn’t a bullshitter, and his honesty is refreshing. Dude’s gotta deal with it.
  • That Hodgson-for-Kassian deal is looking better by the day.
  • Brian Flynn is doing a hell of a job carving out a roster spot for himself. Guy is a finisher. Some people have it, some people don’t. He has it.
  • The team misses Andrej Sekera when he’s not in the lineup. For sure. Such a steady presence on the blueline.

That’s all I got right now. This team isn’t good.

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Posted on March 18, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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