Overreactions with 37 to go: Have we reached the bottom?

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Thursday night may have been a new low for the Buffalo Sabres. They’ve been losing. They’ve been losing a lot. But this scoreline was as bad as it’s been all season.

Coming in on an 0-for-January slide, the Sabres didn’t even get a sniff of a game. Outshooting Buffalo 15-3 in the opening period, the visiting Minnesota Wild jumped out to a lead that would never be in question. Minnesota would had Buffalo a 7-0 loss, the worst scoreline of the season.

Returning hero Jason Pominville would pace the Wild with three assists, while fellow former Sabres captain Thomas Vanek would add a goal and an assist himself.

For Buffalo, there was nothing. No goals. No great defense. No great goaltending. No threat.

Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 30 of the 37 shots he faced.

“After a game like tonight, when you get blown out, embarrassed in your own building, I feel bad for fans that come and support us,” said Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges.

461597664_slideNick Deslauriers punched Minnesota’s Matt Dumba in the face for a bit in the first period. That may have been the Sabres’ most notable effort on the night.

Devan Dubnyk, making his Minnesota debut, made 18 saves for the shutout. The Wild snapped a six game losing streak with the win.

It wasn’t good. This team isn’t good. This team is bad to historic, incredible levels.

  • The Sabres showed a “thank you” video for Jason Pominville, a year and a half after he made his first return trip to Buffalo. They didn’t do it then, and they were ripped for it. It’s a nice gesture, but you don’t want to try too hard. It would’ve been fine if they passed on it. They missed the window.
  • It’s honestly kind of surprising there haven’t been more games of this type this season. This will unlikely be the last.
  • He hasn’t been scoring, but I’m continually impressed with Tyler Ennis’ game of late. He’s buzzing around. He’s getting no help but he’s been alright.
  • We might be past the “losing properly” stage, but I don’t think that’s on the general manager as it is with the coach.
  • I’m sure this was an emotional game for Minnesota Wild legend Matt Moulson.
  • Really, what would it take for Nolan to get fired right now? There has to be a breaking point. Sure, it doesn’t really matter, but theoretically, do they have to finish the month without a win? Would that do it?
  • Heard a “Let’s Go, Oilers” chant in the crowd during the third period. It’s still January, guys. It’ll only get more fun.
  • There’s a reasonable argument that more than half of this team won’t be here next season. That’s absurd regardless of the scenario.

3MI Three Star Selections
1. Jason Pominville, Minnesota
2. Zach Parise, Minnesota
3. Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Jason Pominville, Minnesota (3 assists)
2. Zach Parise, Minnesota (GW Goal (15), assist)
3. Thomas Vanek, Minnesota (PP Goal (8), assist)

Quote of the night:

“We’ve been having talks every day. There’s been yelling and screaming. Right now, it just comes down to being better individually.”

— Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

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Posted on January 16, 2015, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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