Overreactions, 14th Edition: Sabres steal two points from Thrash… er, Jets in OT
Even after the recently-maligned Ryan Miller allowed two early goals, Buffalo was able to regroup, erasing four separate deficits en route to a 6-5 overtime win over the
Atlanta Thrashers Winnipeg Jets.
After falling behind 2-0, goals by Derek Roy and rookie Corey Tropp just eleven seconds apart tied the game.
Atlanta Winnipeg quickly took the lead back, a lead which was erased by the Sabres’ first shorthanded goal of the season by Jason Pominville to send the teams to the first intermission tied at three.
Despite giving up another early goal, a powerplay goal by Thomas Vanek had the score tied 4-4 after two. The third period was a repeat, with Buffalo surrendering an early goal, only to have Derek Roy’s second man-advantage goal of the game get the game to overtime.
Atlanta’s Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler taking a penalty at 4:05 of overtime, Jason Pominville ripped a shot off of Thomas Vanek and past Ondrej Pavalec to give Buffalo the win.
Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Sabres to get his first win at First Niagara Center this season.
“It was nice to make it to the second period this time,” said Miller, who made 26 saves and avoided losing five straight games in regulation for the first time in his career. “It’s not the easiest situation right now for me. … I want to help. And I want to get victories.”
- The powerplay, which has looked good but ineffective recently, was the key to the victory. It got plenty of chances to work itself out, as the
ThrashersJets continued to take penalties. Sabres were 4-for-12 on the man-advantage, with Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy each notching two goals each.
- Corey Tropp continues to impress. Congrats to the kid on his first NHL goal.
- Not sure how Sekera and Myers got so much ice in overtime. The pair was absolutely awful tonight, both of them earning a -3 rating on the night. When two guys are on the ice for that many goals against, to have them out with the game on the line says many different things… most of which I probably just don’t understand.
- By the way, does anyone remember when a bunch of dicks who owned a hockey team in Atlanta wanted to bail on their fans (who supported them despite their futility) and sold them to a rich Canadian guy who wanted to move them to a city with an AHL arena? Oh yeah, that’s who the Sabres played tonight.
- Good to the Sabres find a way to win despite Miller’s below-average performance. He made the saves he needed to, and they found a way to win. That’s all that really matters. I bet Enroth gets the call Friday against Ottawa, and Miller plays Saturday against Boston.
- Quite funny that it everyone was like “I can’t believe they haven’t played an overtime game yet!” before Saturday and there’s two in a row for you.
- That Cody McCormick-Tanner Glass scrap was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. Haymakers upon haymakers. In an era where a lot of fights don’t see a lot of good punches, that was high quality.
- Paul Gaustad’s beautiful feed to Jason Pominville on the shorthanded goal was made possible by one guy: Dustin Byfuglien. Thanks for being slow, Buff. When Paul Gaustad beats you up ice, you’re not quick.
- Buffalo’s top four in ice time, in order: Jason Pominville, Christian Ehrhoff, Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek.
- A very nice pregame ceremony, but I can’t help but think it might’ve been better to do it on a night when they played a franchise that Dale Hawerchuk played for, like Philadelphia, St. Louis, or Phoenix.
- What’s more incredible: that the team played so bad defensively and still won or that the team played so bad defensively and Mike Weber can’t find a spot in the lineup?
Posted on November 9, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged Andrej Sekera, Atlanta Thrashers, Cody McCormick, Corey Tropp, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Overreactions, Paul Gaustad, Ryan Miller, Sabres, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, Winnipeg Jets. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.