Overreactions, 17th Edition: After slow start, Sabres answer at the Bell

Until Derek Roy‘s season-ending injury last year, Thomas Vanek spent much of his Sabres career flanking Roy on a line. After a seeming rejuvenation without Roy through the end of the 2010-11 campaign, Vanek has spent all of this season separated from Roy.

Tonight, they were reunited, and found a way to steal a couple points in Montreal.

Thanks to strong third period play from a line featuring Vanek, Roy and captain Jason Pominville, as well as another stellar effort from Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo beat Montreal 3-2 in a shootout.

Trailing 2-0 after two periods, Lindy Ruff put the trio together and watched Pominville and Roy find the back of the net to tie the game. Vanek, along with shootout stud Brad Boyes, scored in the shootout.

Enroth made 25 saves to improve to 6-0-0 on the season.

  • Worth noting: Andrej Sekera, who had been stuck with Tyler Myers of late, was +2 on the night with Myers in the press box.
  • Paul Gaustad, who had drawn the most ire over the inaction in the wake of the hit on Miller Saturday, was pretty awful. Took three fairly dumb penalties. Not a good rebound for him.
  • Tonight was an extremely rare occasion: Pierre McGuire pointed out something worth pointing out during the broadcast. With Nathan Gerbe racing to beat an icing call with Montreal’s P.K. Subban, Gerbe, instead of planting Subban into the end boards, grabbed him and held him from hitting the glass after Subban touched the puck. Extremely classy play. Easy to point out scumbags, but guys who do the right thing deserve some attention too.
  • Tonight was a big step with Tyler Myers. Proving to him and everyone that they can win without him is immeasurable. He needs the motivation. His play has been downright atrocious and I get the sense in his interviews that he feels he’s playing fine, like he’s not willing to accept how bad he’s been. Myers is going to have to work harder and play smarter if he wants to stick in the lineup.
  • Again on Myers, it’d be nice if the Versus broadcast recognized that his awful play got him scratched, not the fact he didn’t throw punches at Milan Lucic. Talking points that are incorrect contribute nothing.
  • Patrick Kaleta had a very strong game, even without throwing a huge hit. Made some nice plays and won physical battles that he needed to.
  • Erik Cole, whether in Carolina, Montreal, or wherever, is still a douche.
  • Mike Weber, fresh out of the press box, had a great game, and he was rewarded with key minutes late in the game. If he plays like that every night, he has no business being scratched.
  • With all the melodrama surrounding the team after Saturday’s events, the Sabres have won 5 of the last 6.
  • Derek Roy’s play in the last two weeks has been phenomenal. He started really slow, but he’s been finding the net lately. Tonight, he was the catalyst who got them two points.
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Posted on November 15, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Eric,
    I thoroughly enjoyed the reading material this morning, and am glad that my smart phone could bring it to me as I sit on my “throne and bask in my morning glory”. I agree with 99.9% of this blog as well. I am very glad that we are on the same page with this; it will keep me coming back.

    Thanks for a good morning read buddy!!! I appreciate it!!
    Long live Cole the Douche-Hail all Doucheness!!!!

    Unwar WGR550-Idiots

  2. Sekera had nothing to do with the goals. Blind hate for Myers, blind love for Sekera.

    • It’s tough to call it blind hate when Myers was a large reason opposing teams were finding themselves with a 2-1 advantage. He was continually getting beat along the boards and unable to keep pucks in the zone on the point. Together, him and Sekera were awful. Separately, Myers is still awful.

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