Overreactions: Blackhawks beat Sabres as world is reminded Pat Kane is from Buffalo
There aren’t many games this season that are a hot ticket. When Chicago comes to town, that’s it. And it’s not because they’re the Stanley Cup champions and one of the league’s premier teams. Well, not just that. But you’d be shocked to learn that one of their star players, Patrick Kane, is actually a Buffalo native. Did you know this?
If you didn’t, it’s true. Pat Kane is from Buffalo. And like clockwork, Kane was the star, scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 Blackhawks win over the Sabres. It was a good night for narratives.
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Buffalo was able to keep the game close with some stellar goaltending from Jhonas Enroth, but Kane’s early tally and Chicago captain Jonathan Toews’ third period marker were enough to knock off the Sabres. Enroth would stop 29 of the 31 shots he faced.
The Sabres were only able to solve Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford once that counted, as Drew Stafford jammed home a loose puck in the crease midway through the first period for his 11th of the year. Tyler Ennis would beat Crawford again later in the period, but the goal was waived off as Ennis was given a minor penalty for hooking Crawford.
Cory Conacher picked up an assist in his debut with the Sabres, setting up Stafford’s goal.
- So many Blackhawks fans there. I’m sure these guys were really upset their Hawks gave up on Jean-Pierre Dumont so soon back when that trade was made.
- Really, really impressed with what Conacher added to the lineup. The line of Conacher, Ennis and Stafford was by far the team’s best offensively. If Conacher gets top-6 minutes, he’s gonna put up some nice numbers here. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Good for him, good for the Sabres, and good for Canisius.
- Speaking of Stafford, he’s long overdue for some dumb hat trick. Still an outside chance he can get to 20 goals with all the big minutes he’s going to get.
- I’d have less of a problem with the Ennis penalty that cancelled the goal if they would’ve called it slashing instead of hooking. Slashing is much more open-ended, as officials can call it even if the player doesn’t make contact. I don’t see how it was a blatant hook, but a slash would be a little more reasonable.
- With my first full look at Nicolas Deslauriers, I do see some potential. I don’t see him as a star in the making, but physical up front and a threat from the point on the powerplay. That versatility is nice to have.
- Sabres had yet another new intro video tonight. I remember the days when they used the same one all season and everyone was fine with it because it didn’t suck.
- I don’t hate the Sunday night games, but 7:30 start is kinda brutal. Would’ve been worse if not for the changing clocks.
- Pat Kane obviously loves playing here when the Blackhawks come to town. Think he’d be cool signing here after he wins another Cup in Chicago? Maybe a new challenge?
- Honestly, I’m not pulling for Leino to score just because I don’t hate the guy, but I’m ready for everyone to shut the fuck up about him. He needs to shoot the puck once in a while though. I’m wondering if he’s having wrist issues because it almost seems like he’s afraid to put it on net.
3MI Three Star Selections
1. Patrick Kane, Chicago
2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago
3. Cory Conacher, Buffalo
Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago (GW Goal (25))
2. Patrick Kane, Chicago (Goal (28))
3. Cory Conacher, Buffalo (Assist)
Quote of the night:
“I don’t think Chicago really wanted to play tonight.” — Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth
Posted on March 10, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Cory Conacher, Drew Stafford, Jhonas Enroth, Nicolas Deslauriers, Patrick Kane, Tyler Ennis, Ville Leino. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.