Overreactions with 71 to go: Bruins drop Sabres in overtime
For the first time since Columbus Day, the Buffalo Sabres scored a goal at First Niagara Center. Take what you can get, I guess.
Not one, but two goals weren’t enough for the Sabres to claim their first home win, as the Boston Bruins came back in the third period to tie it before Brad Marchand scored the winner just over a minute into overtime to have Buffalo a 3-2 overtime loss.
Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo. Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves. My original game recap vanished into cyberspace so here’s a list of bullet point comments, representing each of Buffalo’s 15 shots on goal.
- Not sure why Ted Nolan’s spent so much time keeping Ennis, Stafford and Matt Moulson apart. They tore it up in preseason and were very effective in this game. This team is devoid of talent, so maybe keep the limited amount you have together.
- If Sabres/Bruins is a tough sell for you, you’re not doing a good job of selling it. Maybe 14,000 people in the building for one of the team’s biggest rivalries. Terribly soft secondary market. Pretty weak.
- Another game where you feel terrible for Jhonas Enroth. First goal is off Mike Weber. Second goal is debatable. Third goal he gets hung to dry. Not much he can do.
- Torrey Mitchell isn’t exactly good, but his pass on the Ennis goal was fantastic. Did a great job threading that through the defense.
- Sam Reinhart should’ve been on a plane to British Columbia last weekend.
- Good on Chris Stewart for stepping up and fighting Milan Lucic. Jack up that trade value. Especially in front of a Boston team rumored to be after a deal. Those guys love that fighting stuff.
- Whoever was scoring shots or running the scoreboard had an awful game. Clear shots on goal weren’t added. The first period total was changed about five minutes into the second. Drew Stafford even mentioned the shot scoring after the game. The players are struggling for them.
- Is it actually a demotion for Cody Hodgson if he gets to play with Sam Reinhart as his center? The definition of “fourth line” is very flexible with this roster.
- Tyler Myers played 29:09. I hope it’s an audition. He tallied a secondary assist on the Stafford goal, but was overall not very good.
- Good on the powerplay for finally breaking through and going 1-for-October with the man advantage. Let’s see if they can improve on that and get two powerplay goals next month.
- The dumpster fire has never burned brighter than that extended shift in overtime that led to the winner. Was only a matter of time once they got locked in their own zone.
- With a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, the Sabres were outshot 19-5 in the final 21+ minutes. We’re basically looking at Latvia here.
- Nice little pregame ceremonial puck drop with Tim Horton’s family. Little ceremonial stuff like that is fun and would be a welcomed addition to the night on a more regular basis.
- It’s pretty incredible that the Sabres actually have five points in the standings. It seems like it should be less.
- Free Brian Flynn.
3MI Three Star Selections
1. Brad Marchand, Boston
2. Drew Stafford, Buffalo
3. Dougie Hamilton, Boston
Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Brad Marchand, Boston (2 goals (3), assist)
2. Drew Stafford, Buffalo (PP Goal (1), assist)
3. Tyler Ennis, Buffalo (Goal (4), assist)