Overreactions, 41st Edition: Help

You can’t win if you don’t score. The Buffalo Sabres should know.

A superb effort from Jhonas Enroth went to waste, and Buffalo continued their free fall, losing to the team stolen out of Atlanta by a score of 2-1 in overtime.

“It’s tough to win a game with one goal,” said Enroth

The rookie netminder collected his second consecutive overtime loss, making 39 saves on a night where, unlike many games of late, the team got strong goaltending.

Tyler Myers opened the scoring midway through the second period, tapping in a beautiful pass from captain Jason Pominville. It would be the only time the Sabres would beat goaltending legend Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 31 of 32 shots.

Buffalo dropped to 18-19-4 on the year, and at the season’s midpoint, sit in 11th in the East, five points out of a playoff spot.

  • Tyler Myers got a goal. He was also on the ice for both goals against. I’m wondering if he’s the kind of player that Lindy Ruff can build around under the current system in place. Sometime I’ll explain that a bit more.
  • Ville Leino was pretty solid in his return. The Leino-Brad Boyes-Drew Stafford combo was alright in generating pressure, but no results means it doesn’t matter.
  • Thomas Vanek played just 13:31 thanks to Tyler Myers drilling him with a slap shot. If Vanek goes down, ever, this team is fucked.
  • Leino appeared to score a late goal to give Buffalo the lead with just minutes remaining in regulation. A point shot was stopped by Pavelec, and Leino poked the puck free and jammed home the loose puck as the official blew his whistle. As expected, fans and media were acting as if the Sabres got screwed by the official. The referee, on the opposite side of Pavelec, made the call he should’ve made, blowing a whistle as Pavelec had apparently frozen the puck. There shouldn’t have been a dispute. Had the call been the opposite way, and Enroth had gotten pick-pocketed, everyone would have freaked out if they called it a goal. Be objective people.
  • Very scared about Brayden McNabb being paired with Myers. He’s going to get lit up. Being a young, impressionable player, it might not be a good idea to have those two paired up, no matter what dream you have of them being “the pairing of the future.”
  • Not even gonna freak out about what music they were playing. If they can’t figure it out on their own, they deserve the shitty product and upset fans.
  • I cracked up when Lindy Ruff referred to the “schedule” when asked after why Jhonas Enroth got the start. Is it shtick at this point?
  • Patrick Kaleta is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Is there a reason they should resign him?
  • Some discussion on twitter last night about the team’s lack of center depth and who actually is the team’s best center. The majority agreed that Luke Adam was probably the best pivot on the roster last night. First, wow. Second, he was centering a line between Matt Ellis and Cody McCormick. Um…

Posted on January 8, 2012, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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