Overreactions with 30 to go: Blues (good team) shutout Sabres (not good team) to kickstart new streak

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It had been a long two-plus weeks since the Sabres last graced the First Niagara Center ice with their presence. Coming off their first win of the calendar year, they faced a tough test in the visiting St. Louis Blues.

The result was predictable.

Despite a solid outing from goaltender Jhonas Enroth, the Blues jumped ahead on a second period Dmitrij Jaskin goal and that would be all they needed. St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen stopped all 23 shots he faced and picked up an assist as Sabres fell 3-0.

462811978_slideVladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz added third period goals to pad the final tally, but Buffalo was unable to cash anything. Buffalo’s Chris Stewart and Brian Flynn each had breakaways at points in the game that weren’t finished, as the Blues looked like an elite team as they moved into a temporary tie for the best point total in the National Hockey League.

Enroth would stop 27 shots to claim his 20th loss of the season.

The Sabres continue their homestand Saturday as Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars visit First Niagara Center.

  • Nice of the Sabres to do a little tribute to former captain Steve Ott in his first visit since being traded before last season’s deadline. Not everyone deserves a tribute, but he was the team’s captain. That honor deserves respect. Also, bonus points for having it say “Thank You Steve” not “Thank You Ott.”
  • Speaking of former Sabres, look at legendary defenseman Chris Butler getting on the scoresheet with an assist on the winner.
  • The time of game was officially 2 hours and 14 minutes. It went quick. Only three minor penalties, and only 49 total face-offs. Get in, get out, get a loss.
  • Sabres coach Ted Nolan scratched young Nikita Zadorov tonight to avoid the Blues having an opportunity to get back at him for the ruckus he caused in their previous meeting. That worked out well, I’d say.
  • Brian Flynn had a great game. He’s awesome. Best.
  • He didn’t finish his great chance, but Chris Stewart’s been playing very well of late and had another great game. Peaking at the right time.
  • Is Stewart’s consistent strong play because he’s not playing with plugs or is he not playing with plugs because of his strong play? Riddle me that.
  • I’d like to think the fact they played “Faded” by soulDecision after the game was some weird tribute to me.

In all sincerity, it’s been great doing this stuff. I feel privileged to have been allowed in and given access to do this on a regular basis. Thanks for reading.

3MI Three Star Selections
1. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis
2. Jake Allen, St. Louis
3. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Jake Allen, St. Louis (23 saves, 0 GA, assist)
2. Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis (GW Goal (6))
3. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo (27 saves, 2 GA)

Quote of the night:

“We definitely did some good things. Whether it was good enough to come out on top or not, I’m not sure about that.”

— Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart

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Posted on February 5, 2015, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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