Overreactions with 76 to go: Bruins bury hard-working Sabres

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After a notably poor performance in the opening period of last night’s loss to Florida, the Buffalo Sabres came out flying against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Outshooting the visitors 16-12, it was a much better start for the struggling Sabres. Except for that whole scoreboard thing, of course.

A goal by Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton near the midway point of the first period held up, and Boston rookie goaltender Niklas Svedberg collected his first NHL shutout as the Sabres lost by as score of 4-0.

Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Carl Soderberg also scored for Boston, who collected just their third win of the young season.

Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth, starting for the second consecutive night, put in an admirable effort, stopping 32 shots and falling victim to some traffic in front of him. Unfortunately, the admirable effort

“Everybody’s frustrated when you lose,” said forward Cody Hodgson.

Buffalo extends their scoreless streak to 142:06, having last scored a goal Tuesday in Carolina. They now head west, with their next game in Anaheim on Wednesday.

  • Losing isn’t a bad thing, considering the endgame of this season, but it’d be cool to see some competent offense once in a while.
  • Brian Gionta, Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson were on the ice for three goals against. Gionta has been highly ineffective to this point and he’s wearing a big letter on his chest. It’s still only six games in, but it’s becoming disconcerting.
  • The Sabres are going to end up being slumpbusters for a lot of teams this season.
  • This game, if I remember correctly, is the first home game I was not in the building for since last October against Minnesota. Quickly, regarding the broadcast:
    • Sabres do a great job with their broadcasts for home games, when they actually have somewhat of a studio to work with.
    • It’s hard to tell if the arena was that quiet or if the crowd noise levels were that low. Always better to have more ambient noise on the broadcast, but crowd could’ve been dead like usual.
    • Color analyst Rob Ray seems super excited to talk about fights and not so much to break down a hockey play. It’s unfortunate.
  • Lots of talk about Sam Reinhart being a healthy scratch for this game and whether it benefits him. Sure, him sitting keeps him away from slugs like Chara and Milan Lucic, so there is some benefit. But then again, he’s been playing seven minutes a night on the fourth line, so why should it matter either way?
  • I watched the whole game and didn’t notice Marcus Foligno once.
  • Jhonas Enroth is going to snap at some point this season. He will have his “Trade me right fucking now!” moment and I won’t blame him one bit.
  • If Tim Murray’s plan for this season was to assemble a defense so atrocious that even a bad Tyler Myers looks better by comparison in an effort to trade him, he’s a genius. It’s working. Now they just need to move him.

3MI Three Star Selections
1. Niklas Svedberg, Boston
2. Dougie Hamilton, Boston
3. Zdeno Chara, Boston

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Niklas Svedberg, Boston (32 saves, 0 GA)
2. Dougie Hamilton, Boston (GW Goal (1), assist)
3. Zdeno Chara, Boston (Goal (2))

Quote of the night:

“A goal would be nice.” — Buffalo Sabres fans, probably

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Posted on October 18, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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