Overreactions, 35/48 Edition: Sabres lose again, should trade everyone

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The day started with a blueliner leaving the building, and it ended with the defense nowhere to be found.

In another episode of “This Team Is Not Good This Year,” the Buffalo Sabres blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1 en route to a 4-3 shootout loss to a Washington team they never trailed for a minute of the 65 played on the night.

Buffalo jumped out to an early lead on Christian Ehrhoff’s fourth of the season just three minutes into the game. Ville Leino would register his first of the season just 1:19 into the second to stretch the margin to two, before Washington star Alexander Ovechkin cut it in half just over a minute later.

Leino would add another midway through the second. And it was all down hill from there, starting with Troy Brouwer’s shorthanded goal early in the third period with American hero John Carlson in the box for the Caps.

“It’s disappointing,” said Leino. “That is a big goal to give up and after that they were fired up and wanted to win the game and that’s just things that shouldn’t happen.”

Mike Green would tie the game in the final minute with the extra attacker, and took the game in the shootout on goals by Matt Hendricks and the aforementioned Ovechkin.

Jhonas Enroth, despite stopping no shots in the shootout, was sensational for much of the 65 minutes before that, stopping 35 shots.

“No excuses for it,” said Ehrhoff. “We’re up 3-1 and put this game away and… we didn’t.”

  • Drew Stafford, without being on the scoresheet, played a hell of a game. One of his best efforts in recent memory. Showed a lot of hustle and created some good opportunities. Maybe he knew the scouts were watching, but I had to get him a vote for three stars. He deserved it.
  • You guys in game presentation can be done with the drumline anytime. You’re missing the point.
  • Enroth has been stringing together some nice starts. While the wins aren’t piling up, it’s usually not due to poor goaltending. With a baker’s dozen of games left in the season, he should be getting a fair share, at least four or five of them. But that’s not considering what might happen by Wednesday.
  • Tyler Myers was alright tonight by his standards, but I’m not sure it merited the team-high 28:13 TOI. Unless they’re showcasing him for the deadline? One blogger can hope.
  • One of the perks of having a roster full of guys who aren’t plugs? You can roll four lines. Team low in ice time was Marcus Foligno at 9:03. He picked up an assist, too.
  • Gonna go back to the drumline thing, because it’s really pissing the shit out of me. I know I tweeted about it too, but you’re up by a goal with about a minute left and the opponent takes a timeout. Why the fuck are you not blasting the loudest shit you can to a) invigorate the crowd, b) make it tougher for the other team to hear their coach tell them what to do and c) light a fire under the guys who have to kill the clock? No, let the pricks with the drums up in the 300 level pound away quietly, because it makes it feel all college-y and unique. The team deserves to lose when you’ve got people in your organization that fucking oblivious. Something needs to happen to end this garbage. Seriously.
  • Ron Rolston’s press conference after the game was interesting. He looked as pissed as I’ve seen him, but he wasn’t angry or yelling. He was miffed. I don’t know if he actually would ever get to the point of yelling. Only this team could make that happen.
  • Buffalo is now 5-0-4 when leading after the second period. That’s right. 44% of the games they lead after two get pissed away. Four points down the drain. Watch this team miss the playoffs by three. That’ll be awesome.
  • Good for Nathan Gerbe dropping the gloves to stand up for a teammate. But, you know, maybe something better than seven points in 29 games would be cool too.

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered around 6 minute mark of 3rd period)
1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
2. Ville Leino, Buffalo
3. Drew Stafford, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Ville Leino, Buffalo (2 goals (2))
2. Alex Ovechkin, Washington (goal (17))
3. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo (35 saves, 3 GA)

Quote of the night:

“We had a chance to win the game right to the end. And that’s the issue is we didn’t close out the game. Plain and simple, you have to win those ones.” — Buffalo Sabres forward Steve Ott

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Posted on March 30, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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