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Overreactions from Game 4 of 82: Time to wake up

For those just waking up this morning, the game is over. I’m sure you probably fell asleep watching it. Hell, it seemed like the Sabres were asleep at the wheel for most of it.

Thankfully, the $100 million man took it upon himself to end the misery for all of us. In an early front-runner for the least entertaining game of the year, the high-flying New Jersey devils edged out the Sabres in a (What’s another word for thrilling? Captivating? Ok, the opposite of that.) “dis-captivating” 1-0 overtime decision at HSBC Arena on a goal by Ilya Kovalchuk.

A sellout crowd was on hand to watch the Sabres drop their third straight at home as they failed to beat Martin Brodeur.

The last time the Sabres went through regulation with a 0-0 tie was Jan. 21, 2003, when Buffalo’s Martin Biron and Pittsburgh’s Sebastien Caron kept the opponents off the scoreboard for 60 minutes.

Some musings on the defeat:

  • Ryan Miller, well deserved first star. Team looked good defensively, despite surrendering 35 shots. They were mostly ones Miller could handle, and Ryan did the rest for the first 60 minutes. Read the rest of this entry

Overreactions from Game 1 of 82

I’ve got an idea. How about the Sabres, who’ve been if not owned, leased, by the Sens since the lockout, go into Ottawa and grab a win to open up the 2010-11 campaign? Nice way to start off the season, huh?

The Sabres did exactly that last night, which you likely know if you’re reading this. What can I say? I know my demographic.

Two goals from Derek Roy and some solid work by Ryan Miller were enough to give Buffalo a 2-1 victory in Canada’s capital. The team also received two assists from rookie sensation/Calder sleeper/all-around stud Tyler Ennis, as well as plenty of blown chances by Thomas Vanek.

“It’s a great way to start the first game, a little adversity, a little playoff mentality,” Roy said. “The one point and the shootout point wouldn’t have been good enough. It’s a division opponent, and you need to win these games. I thought we came out real strong and set the tone.”

There was plenty to see last night (including those new road uniforms… which look great, by the way) and here’s a random sampling of insight taken from last night’s contest:

  • I’m pretty sure Tyler Myers did not have a great game last night. How he was named one of the three stars is beyond me. Read the rest of this entry

Defensive logjam becomes defensive logjam

Everyone saw it coming and here we are.

The Sabres are ready for it.

Barring a trade, which seems unlikely, coach Lindy Ruff confirmed this afternoon that the Sabres will start the season with eight defensemen on their roster. Mike Weber, Andrej Sekera and Chris Butler would all have to go through waivers and the Sabres aren’t likely to take that risk to get one of them back to Portland.

Based on the fact Sekera and Butler struggled to get in the lineup at the end of last season, the road is clear for Weber to be the No. 6 defenseman to join Tyler Myers, Craig Rivet, Steve Montador and newcomers Jordan Leopold and Shoane Morrisonn. Provided, of course, Weber doesn’t stub his toe in the exhibition season.

“You always look at it that you can never have enough defensemen,” Ruff said. “It’s always tough when you have extra around but you get one or two hurt and that makes it tough on the team.”

Well, if you’ve got a surplus, why don’t you move one? Not that easy.

Darcy Regier isn’t the type to make a move for the sake of making it, especially not unless he’s getting at least what he feels is fair value in exchange. And to give up on a player he drafted? Fat chance. Read the rest of this entry