Overreactions, 70th Edition: Tyler, Tyler, Tyler

This wasn’t just a game the Sabres need to win, it was a game they had to win. A simply dominating effort couldn’t go to waste. It almost did. But almost doesn’t matter.

Even after allowing a tying goal with just seconds left in regulation, the Buffalo Sabres rebounded quickly and thanks to a Tyler Myers goal 2:01 into the fourth period, defeated Montreal 3-2 in overtime.

Tyler Ennis was the star of the night, scoring both Sabres goals in regulation, including a dazzling marker to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period. Ennis would get credit for another in the third thanks to Montreal’s Alexei Emelin deflecting it past Peter Budaj.

Montreal would tie the game in the dying moments on a goal by David Desharnais, sending it to extra time. Two minutes in, it was Derek Roy finding a trailing Myers in the slot for the finish.

“I think it shows we’ve got good character,” Ennis said. “It can be deflating when you let in a goal with a few seconds left. And we bounce back and score right away in overtime.”

The win moved Buffalo past Winnipeg for 9th place in the East, and trail 8th place Washington by just two points.

Ryan Miller was solid in goal for the Sabres, stopping 26 shots.

  • Why was Marcus Foligno on the ice for the final shift that led to the tying goal? Great, the kid played well, reward him, but not right there. Don’t believe those three forwards (Foligno, Roy and Jason Pominville) played a shift together the whole game until then. It bit them.
  • Obligatory “Tyler Ennis is a superstar in the making whether you think so or not” bullet point. Gotta keep him at center.
  • After missing time with injury, Thomas Vanek had a good game and showed a lot of tenacity. Didn’t seem to me that he was laboring much at all. Came extremely close to getting himself on the scoresheet.
  • That high-sticking penalty on Roy in the second period was absolute garbage. It was clearly a follow through. As I’ve stated here before, if you’re barely going to call anything, you have to get it right when you do. That wasn’t right.
  • Alexander Sulzer is turning into a revelation. Played almost 24 minutes alongside his fellow German and looked good doing so. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent. Interesting to see how he fits into the team’s plans. Also interesting to see what happens when Andrej Sekera gets healthy.
  • I liked Mike Weber’s game tonight. He isn’t nearly as shaky anymore as he was a couple months ago.
  • I’d love to see Cody Hodgson get some fluke point and remove that monkey-like figurative animal off his back. He’s gotta be contributing offensively if this team expects to be relevant next month.
  • Another example of the importance of having someone who’s cognizant of the game situation picking music: playing “Cotton Eye Joe” with just over a minute to go. Music at games isn’t about trying to get a reaction out of people. It’s about setting the tone. That shit is for when they’re up by five. Not the crucial time of the game.
  • Erik Cole and Christian Ehrhoff kept battling behind the play all night. Was really hoping Ehrhoff would’ve just gave him a good shot. Cole’s a prick.
  • Really like having a fourth line of Patrick Kaleta, Brad Boyes and Corey Tropp. Brings some energy and doesn’t have an absence of hands. Can threaten for a goal here and there and do their job. Keep them together.

Posted on March 12, 2012, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Nice heads up by Myers. And now we don’t have him for 3 games. They are still going to be on the outside looking in at seasons end which hopefully will make the decision to make a change easier. 14 years and one finals?? Punch got us there in 5 years!!

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