Overreactions: Tank marches on, Sabres surrender late goal to Flyers


That was a close one.

Just when you thought the Sabres were out, there they go and pull you right back in. And before you know it, they’re right back out.

After Tyler Ennis tied the game with 3:13 remaining, it was Vincent Lecavalier’s dagger for Philadelphia with 14.8 seconds left that handed the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 loss.

“That’s a game we could’ve won that slipped away,” said Cody Hodgson, who opened the scoring seven minutes into the game.

Philadelphia dominated the second period, tying the game early on a Jakub Voracek powerplay goal as they outshot Buffalo 12-7.

The Sabres retook the lead 6:27 into the third, as Matt D’Agostini put one past Flyers goalie Steve Mason after a dominant shift with Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson. And then the floodgates opened.

Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn tied it up seven minutes later and then the Flyers took the lead for the first time on the night as Scott Hartnell ripped one over Jhonas Enroth’s shoulder. The Sabres would even it less than a minute later on Ennis’ goal, but in the end it was another mark in the loss column.

Enroth was sensational for most of the night, stopping 29 of 33 shots.

“It’s tough right now to think about how we lost that one, but we’ve got another game tomorrow. We can’t dwell on it,” said Hodgson.

  • Mike Weber was not good. He ended up playing the third most minutes, which if you’re trying to tank, is cool. But not a coincidence seeing the result.
  • Enroth took a little heat for saying it was “tough to win with this team” after his last loss because of lack of goal support. Now he looks like a dick for getting goal support and not winning. It’s not like he didn’t play well. He’s having a rough go lately.
  • That shift that ended in the D’Agostini goal by him, Ott and Hodgson was absolutely fantastic. Very entertaining.
  • Blame the jerks in section 108 that started the wave right before Philadelphia tied it at 2-2. Set the tone for the rest of the night.
  • Related to that, the mood in the arena during the second half of the third period was totally off. It’s hard to quantify what that means the guys on the ice, but if the crowd is sitting back and having fun and you let them be loose (this is where music setting the tone comes in), you’re gonna have lapses. Raise the intensity. Finish the win. It was a one goal game. Don’t be playing the fucking Beach Boys, guys.
  • Other than Christian Ehrhoff (23:27), no defenseman played more than 20 minutes. Nolan was rolling lines hard.
  • Zenon Konopka ended up going 16-for-21 on faceoffs, but at one point he was perfect through 12 draws. #analytics

3MI Three Star Selections 
1. Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia
2. Matt D’Agostini, Buffalo
3. Vincent Lecavalier, Philadelphia

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia (PP Goal (11), 2 assists)
2. Steve Ott, Buffalo (2 assists)
3. Matt D’Agostini, Buffalo (Goal  (2), assist)

Quote of the night:

“That’s a dumb question.” — Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth, when asked about his frustration level

Posted on January 15, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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