Overreactions with 59 to go: But really, how about that Ennis goal?

459693712_slideWhen the season is going like it is, it’s hard for a lot of fans to convince themselves to turn on a game. Some might not see the value in it if the team’s this bad. Some just don’t care to unless the team is good.

But then something will happen, like Tyler Ennis‘ ridiculous acrobatic goal, and reaffirm that there’s a reason to tune in every night. You don’t know what you’re going to see, or in the case of someone who didn’t take the time to watch or sold their tickets, what you’re going to miss.

Ennis’ goal early in the first period gave Buffalo a lead they’d eventually surrender, but a fortunate bounce in the final minutes gave the Sabres a 2-1 win over the visiting Canadiens, snapping a winless skid against Montreal.

Matt Moulson tapped home a loose puck into a vacated net after a stanchion on the boards knocked it away from Habs goaltender Carey Price.

“It must be a lucky day, so I’ll take it,” said Moulson.

P.A. Parenteau scored a powerplay goal early in the third period to tie the game, poking in a puck from underneath Jhonas Enroth’s skate.

Buffalo has now won four of five and is undoubtedly a lock for a playoff spot.

  • Obviously we don’t want this team to be winning too many games this season, but I’ll take a dumb luck, last second win over Toronto/Montreal at First Niagara Center eight days a week.
  • Maybe the best game Andrej Meszaros has played as a Sabre. Was solid in both ends.
  • The Nikita Zadorov-Rasmus Ristolainen pairing has been on the ice for one goal against all season, Jori Lehtera’s second in the 6-1 loss to St. Louis. That was November 11th. 
  • Seriously though, that Ennis goal. Absolutely fantastic.
  • Ennis has been more and more dynamic over the last few weeks. The guy is extremely talented, and just maybe, this could be sustained. Not sure about that though.
  • Drew Stafford left the game with an injury. Called Tim Schaller as the guy Sabres should call up if he can’t go Saturday night in Montreal. (UPDATE: Sabres recalled Tim Schaller from Rochester)
  • Alexei Emelin should get suspended for that hit on Gionta. (UPDATE: He didn’t. Only a fine.)
  • Jhonas Enroth was rightfully pissed about the Montreal goal. He had full control of it and it was covered, except it wasn’t his hand or his pad, it was his skate. Still counts.

3MI Three Star Selections
1. Tyler Ennis, Buffalo
2. P.A. Parenteau, Montreal
3. Matt Moulson, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo (30 saves, 1 GA)
2. Tyler Ennis, Buffalo (Goal (7), assist)
3. Matt Moulson, Buffalo (GW Goal (4), assist)

Quote of the night:

“If you ask me, I covered it with my foot. It shouldn’t matter if you cover it with your glove or your foot, but playing against Montreal you’re not going to get a lot of calls.”

— Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth on Montreal’s goal


Posted on November 29, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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