Overreactions, 45/48 Edition: Sabres lose, tee times await

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You could say the Sabres went down swinging. You could say that, but you’d be wrong. It was worse than that.

With their flickering playoff hopes in the balance, and the 8th place New York Rangers coming into First Niagara Center, there was little doubt. Buffalo gave up six straight goals en route to a hope-extinguishing 8-4 loss.

“It’s unexplainable, unexcusable,” said Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. “That’s just the way our season went. Just like it did tonight.”

The Sabres held the Rangers in check for the first 18:42 of the opening period, but a Carl Hagelin goal opened the floodgates. Brad Richards would score 57 seconds later, and Ryan Miller would have one of the worst fuck-ups of his career, handing the puck to Ryane Clowe who made it 3-0 with less than four seconds left in the period.

“That’s one of the worst plays I’ve made while I’ve been here,” said Miller. “Just shitty timing.”

New York scored early in the second, with Anton Stralman and Brad Richards extending the lead, as the Rangers opened up a 5-0 lead in a span of 2:58 of play. Rick Nash made it 6-0 before Buffalo finally found the board.

Cody Hodgson, Nathan Gerbe, Drew Stafford and Mark Pysyk, with the first of his NHL career, scored for the Sabres, who are now officially relegated to watching the postseason.

Miller was pulled after the fourth Rangers goal, giving up four goals on 14 shots. Jhonas Enroth didn’t fare much better, stopping 11 shots and allowing four goals as well. Ryan Callahan also scored for New York, and Brad Richards finished the hat trick midway through the third period.

Thanks to the shitshow in Boston this week, the NHL postponed what would’ve been a trip to Pittsburgh to play the Pens tomorrow. Now, the Sabres are off until Monday. Time to let it sink in.

  • Glad to see the media piling on game presentation for not referencing the fact the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was caught. Could’ve been an emotional moment, huge missed opportunity. The crowd has been awful all season, and in a do-or-die game, they were even worse tonight. Everyone in that department deserves a pink slip based on performance alone. Letting this shit continue is just accepting below-average results.
  • John Scott played 11:00 tonight. The man has not scored a goal since November of 2009. What did I just say about accepting below-average results again?
  • Ron Rolston got fiery in his postgame press conference when an unnamed Buffalo News reporter who may or may not drive a white van offered some weak questions. Few media in the room desired to break it up. Can only speak for myself, but it was enjoyable.
  • Andrej Sekera and Christian Ehrhoff were both -5, and that’s not so much a reflection of how bad they were, but just… yes, how bad they were. Lots of tough bounces and weak goals against (can’t blame them for the third goal), but they were not good.
  • Congrats to Mark Pysyk on his first NHL goal. It was inevitable. He’s been one of the few positives on this team lately. His game is developing well, and he’s going to have a great career here. Disappointed to see that not one media member went up to ask him about it after the game. Other than Brian Flynn coming over to him and congratulating him, not sure who else did.
  • Only plus players? Chad Ruhwedel and Mike Weber, both +1.
  • Pretty incredible that tonight was Brad Richards’ first career hat trick. It’s not like the guy is a slob, he’s a goal scorer. He puts up points. Just never put three in the net in one night until tonight.
  • Also on the Rangers, who the fuck voted for Ryane Clowe for the three stars? He got handed a goal by Miller and was largely invisible to me.
  • Thomas Vanek did look like he was trying tonight. Early in the first, I was expecting a goal or two out of him. Ended up with nothing point-wise. Fuckin’ way she goes.
  • Oh hey, let’s not forget Ryan Miller suggesting he’d like a trade after the game. That’s cool, huh?

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered with about 7:00 left in 3rd period)
1. Brad Richards, NY Rangers
2. Ryan McDonagh, NY Rangers
3. Ryan Callahan, NY Rangers

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Brad Richards, NY Rangers (Hat trick (10))
2. Ryane Clowe, NY Rangers (Goal (3), assist)
3. Rick Nash, NY Rangers (Goal (19), assist)

Quote of the night:

“For 19 minutes, I thought we played a tight game, back and forth, 5-on-5, and then we quit. It’s tough.” — Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek

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Posted on April 19, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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