Overreactions with 79 to go: Quack Attack smacks Sabres

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With all the children off for Columbus Day, and a hastily organized “Kids Day” set for the Sabres’ matinee matchup against the visiting Anaheim Ducks, one might expect a light, fun atmosphere.

Yeah, not so much.

With the announced crowd of 18,912 watching, the Sabres were thoroughly and completely hammered by the Ducks, with Anaheim handing Buffalo a 5-1 loss in a game that was never close.

Starting with Andre Benoit’s penalty 18 seconds into the game, the Ducks rolled, outshooting the Sabres 17-3 in the opening period and 44-12 in the game. Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth, making his season debut and looking sharp early, never really had a chance, making 39 saves.

“Five goals against, that’s a lot,” said Neuvirth. “That’s too much. Tomorrow’s a new day, and we all gotta be better tomorrow.”

The Ducks got goals from Corey Perry, Matt Beleskey and Ryan Kesler, as well as the first two of William Karlsson’s NHL career.

Tyler Ennis scored in the third period to make it 5-1, his second goal of the season after tallying in Saturday’s loss to Chicago. Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford picked up assists on that goal, while the rest of the team was pointless, some in more ways then one.

Buffalo heads to Carolina to face the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

  • I think it’s pretty damn awesome that the Pegulas shelled out the cash to buy 90,000 t-shirts to give out between yesterday’s Bills game and today’s Sabres game. Giveaways are cool. Giveaways that are unsponsored are an effort. Great gesture. Shame that there were a couple thousand unclaimed shirts draped all over the seating bowl.
  • Usually Ted Nolan seems very positive after games. He’ll say some things to show he’s not happy, but in the end he’ll have an optimistic spin on it. After the game, he was as pissed and upset as I’ve seen him since he came in last November. He claimed there would be lineup changes, but there’s only so many moves he can make. Marcus Foligno was scratched with an injury, so there are no spare forwards, and Nikita Zadorov and Tyson Strachan are your spare defensemen. Is that an improvement?
  • Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth will both get hurt in the next month or two. They will not be able to handle this workload all season. 
  • Neuvirth played his third game with the Buffalo Sabres today, his season debut. He has faced 142 shots in those three games.
  • There seemed to be a mistake on someone’s part at the start of the game. Nic Deslauriers was announced as a starter on defense, paired with Andre Benoit. Andrej Meszaros, Benoit’s usual partner, took the ice with the starters for the national anthems. Then, he had to swap with Deslauriers for the opening draw. Buffalo would’ve been assessed a bench minor had Meszaros started the game. They swapped immediately after the face-off and Benoit took the game’s first penalty at the 18 second mark.
  • At some point, we’ll need someone other than Tyler Ennis or Zemgus Girgensons to score a goal. Probably soon.
  • I’d like to point out that this happened:
  • I think we’re three games away from unanimously agreeing that Sam Reinhart might need to go back to Kootenay. I don’t want him here for this. They don’t need him. He’s shown flashes, but at other times doesn’t look quite ready. The guy will be a star, but there’s no need to rush this.
  • Remember last year when we all groaned when they’d play that dumb “Big John” song when John Scott did something? Today it was a clip of “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen after Tim Jackman and Mike Weber fought. The arena is fucking dead all game long and you go out of your way to lighten the mood after something that actually gets fans going happens? Take this shit down Washington Street to Coca-Cola Field. Just oblivious work right there.
  • Solid game for Brian Flynn, who is awesome and beloved.
  • I think Nikita Zadorov can go back to London if he’s not going to get minutes. He may be too much a man to play juniors, but at least he’d be playing. Guy is a tweener at this point that needs to play.

3MI Three Star Selections
1. William Karlsson, Anaheim
2. Ryan Kesler, Anaheim
3. Corey Perry, Anaheim

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. William Karlsson, Anaheim (2 goals (2))
2. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim (Assist (3))
3. Cam Fowler, Anaheim (Assist (1))

Quote of the night:

“That was like an NHL team playing against a pee wee team.” — Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan

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Posted on October 13, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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