Overreactions with 53 to go: Sabres keep inexplicable run going, beat Flames 4-3

460334184_slideThe season is still young enough where the expected results don’t yet match the sample size. The Sabres, by far the worst team in the league in just about every category, somehow can’t find a way to get run over on a nightly basis where it matters most.

The regression is coming, but we’re not there yet.

Getting outshot 45-19 and out-attempted 76-36, the Buffalo Sabres, on the strength of a huge night from their top line, defeated Calgary 4-3.

Matt Moulson scored his second of the night with 7:29 remaining to give the Sabres a tenuous lead they wouldn’t surrender. Tyler Ennis would finish with three assists and Latvian god Zemgus Girgensons added a third period goal and an assist to pace the Sabres. Marcus Foligno scored Buffalo’s other goal.

“It wasn’t one of our better games,” said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. “But, it does show that the belief factor is starting to creep in.”

Jhonas Enroth was the workhorse again, stopping 42 of the 45 shots he faced. He’s come away with a win in 7 of his last 9 starts.

Buffalo has now won 8 of their last 11, and continue their homestand Saturday night against noted division rival Florida.

  • Tyler Myers and Josh Gorges… they did not have a good game. On the ice for every Calgary goal, Gorges himself was responsible for two of them, losing battles that quickly ended up behind Enroth. Myers was on the ice for 36 shot attempts against by the Flames.
  • Good that Marcus Foligno tallied a goal, but besides being smart enough to stand by himself on the back end of the goal crease, that goal was all Drew Stafford. Stafford made a great play to defend the puck behind the net and slide it cross-crease to an awaiting Foligno.
  • Really, really phenomenal game from Tyler Ennis. The top line has been playing very well and the result tonight is mainly on them.
  • Interesting that Nolan’s been rotating out struggling top-9 players (tonight it was Cody Hodgson getting stuck in the press box) but his fourthline has been sitting a lot. Patrick Kaleta played just 5:30 tonight, Cody McCormick 5:47. Are they really contributing that much?
  • Lot of no-shows tonight. Announced attendance was 18,208 and there were probably 13,500 in the arena. Maybe less. Weather was a factor, but even the people who showed up didn’t seem to care too much.
  • Nolan calls out Chris Stewart for not being physical. Chris Stewart gets back in the lineup and fights a guy. Is this how this works?
  • Sabres defenseman Andre Benoit was a plus (+1) for only the second time this season. What a night.

3MI Three Star Selections
1. Matt Moulson, Buffalo
2. Tyler Ennis, Buffalo
3. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Tyler Ennis, Buffalo (3 assists)
2. Matt Moulson, Buffalo (2 goals (6))
3. Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo (Goal (9), assist)

Quote of the night:

“We’re gonna need a little bit better offense throughout the year, I think, but it’s nice to see that we put four away.”

— Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth

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Posted on December 12, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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