Overreactions, Edition 54: No man is an island

When was the last time the Sabres scored six goals in a game and looked that awful?

After a promising streak of three wins (side note: kinda sad that we’re at the point where three games is promising), all it took was a goaltending mess at HSBC Arena to put questions back in the forefront.

The New York Islanders walked away from Sunday’s game with a 7-6 overtime victory on the strength of Michael Grabner’s winner. Combined with Carolina’s win over Atlanta, Buffalo falls to four points back of the 8th playoff spot.

It was an extremely disappointing result on a day where there were two points there for the taking. Facing rookie netminder Mikko Koskinen, the Sabres’ offense did their job, chasing him after scoring four goals. It was backup Al Montoya making his Islanders debut who held the Sabres to two more goals for the rest of the game to get the win. Ryan Miller was, to put it nicely, a sieve in his 31st consecutive start, making 19 saves on 26 shots.

“Give me a break, they scored goals,” Miller said, after being asked how he felt. “I’m just frustrated.”

With a back-to-back coming up starting Tuesday night in Montreal, do we finally see Patrick Lalime?

  • Can we keep the Tim Connolly that came to play in the first period? He had a good game, but wow, he was awesome in the first 20 minutes.
  • Lindy Ruff again went with the line of Paul Gaustad, Rob Niedermayer and Mike Grier to start the game. It was a matter of time until it backfired. None of those three are fleet of foot, and Michael Grabner had no problem exploiting that.
  • Chris Butler isn’t doing much to keep himself in the lineup. As soon as Steve Montador is ready, Butler will be back to his regular pairing with Craig Rivet in the press box.
  • Drew Stafford… what else can we say at this point? If this is the Drew Stafford we’re going to get for the foreseeable future, he’s going to get big money this summer.
  • Interesting stat: The Sabres, who are 14th in the NHL in goals for, are one of four teams with two of the NHL’s top 20 goal scorers. Stafford and Thomas Vanek sit at 19 and 20, respectively.
  • Tyler Ennis had three assists, a career high.
  • Patrick Kaleta’s addition to the lineup was underwhelming.
  • I watched the MSG-Buffalo feed of the game. Rick Jeanneret is really struggling to call a good game these days. I like him as much as any Sabres fan, but the guy’s gotta hang ‘em up soon. He just can’t do the job anymore. Missing plays, misidentifying players… it’s tough to listen to.
  • I’m gonna avoid discussing Miller’s postgame run-in with John Vogl and Jerry Sullivan because my opinion of the Buffalo News these days is far from favorable. So we’ll leave it at that.
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Posted on February 14, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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