Overreactions: Late strike in 3rd, quick strike in OT push Enroth to win

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Wednesday night at First Niagara Center had loss written all over it. Coming into a game against Boston (who’s good), on the second night of a back-to-back against a rested team, with Jhonas Enroth in goal (who hadn’t won since October), the obvious was pointing to a loss.

And it was pretty damn close to being one. But that is why they play the game.

Matt Moulson’s tying goal with 53 seconds to go sent the game to overtime and Matt D’Agostini‘s fantastic finish 22 seconds into the extra session gave the Sabres their second win in as many nights, this time taking down the Boston Bruins with a 5-4 overtime win.

D’Agostini ended the game early into overtime by beating Boston goon Zdeno Chara to a loose puck in the Boston zone. D’Agostini went in on Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson, deked to the backhand and tucked it past him for the winner.

“I think he just thought he had time to go back and retrieve the puck,” D’Agostini said. “I kind of just snuck up behind him. I heard their bench screaming. I tried a little sneak attack on him in there, so it was good that I got by him and snuck it through the pad.”

Buffalo tied the game in a scramble around the net in the final minute. Likely goner Matt Moulson poked home his 16th of the year to send the game past regulation.

The Sabres also got goals from Zemgus Girgensons, Brian Flynn and Tyler Myers in just their 11th home win of the season.

Enroth, winning his first game since October 25th, made 29 saves.

  • Buffalo, with the win, is five points behind 29th place Edmonton with a game in hand. It’s good to be in a place where winning can be fun. Because winning should be fun.
  • Don’t know what it is about playing Boston, but Brian Flynn always seems to be flying when they do. Of course he’s a Massachusetts boy, so it does make some sense. His pass on the Girgensons goal was phenomenal. Deserved first star.
  • Really happy for Jhonas Enroth. Dude needed that win. Great way to get it, too. Needed a confidence boost.
  • John Scott on that Brad Marchand goal… hilarious. Please keep him in the lineup.
  • Funny hearing Marcus Foligno in the locker room talking to Flynn and one of the trainers about the near-scrap at the end of the second. No audio, but it seemed like Foligno didn’t understand why the linesmen got in so quickly.
  • Who had two assists in this game? Ville Leino. Four points in last five games. The goal will come. He’s due.
  • Four Sabres finished with a team-high +2: Flynn, Girgensons, Leino and Christian Ehrhoff.
  • Until I looked at the boxscore I forgot Jarome Iginla was even on the Bruins.
  • Game presentation comment: The music was generally better. But that’s like saying a cold is better than the flu. I’ll take it because it’s not as bad, but you’d still rather be better.

3MI Three Star Selections 
1. Brian Flynn, Buffalo
2. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo
3. Matt D’Agostini, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Brian Flynn, Buffalo (Goal (5), assist)
2. Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo (Goal (6), assist)
3. Matt D’Agostini, Buffalo (OT Goal (4))

Quote of the night:

“I guess it hasn’t been a good season for anyone in here, I think. But finally we start getting some luck and getting some bounces. It feels nice to win finally.” — Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth

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Posted on February 27, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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