Overreactions, 71st Edition: Um… It’s not over yet.
With the Sabres just a few points out of a playoff spot, with more than ten games remaining, the season isn’t over yet. It’d be foolish to think otherwise.
Conversely, with your opponent trailing by a mere one goal with time running out, it’s not over yet. It’d be foolish to leave your head firmly planted inside your ass and let them tie the game before the clock expires. That just happened.
For the second game in a row, the Buffalo Sabres surrendered a tying goal in the waning seconds of regulation, this time off the stick of Colorado’s Jamie McGinn with just 1.6 seconds on the clock. Unlike Monday night, they failed to rebound, falling 5-4 in a shootout.
Buffalo held three separate one goal leads that disappeared. Marcus Foligno opened the scoring just 1:39 into the game. After Colorado tied it seven minutes later, Drew Stafford scored shorthanded to take a 2-1 lead. Colorado would answer with a David Jones goal in the final minute of the opening period.
The Avalanche grabbed their only lead of the night early in the second on a Gabriel Landeskog goal. They led until Marcus Foligno tied it at 3-3 with just under nine minutes remaining in the second.
Alexander Sulzer’s first goal as a Sabre appeared to give Buffalo the lead that would get them to the win, but McGinn’s goal spoiled the night.
Peter Mueller of the Avs scored the only goal in the shootout, as Semyon Varlamov stopped Brad Boyes, Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis to get the win.
Ryan Miller was strong, but not strong enough, stopping 38 of 42 shots for the Sabres, who earn one point but sit three points behind 8th place Washington with 11 games left on the schedule.
- Nice moment for Marcus Foligno, scoring that early goal. It ignited the crowd, and his first jump has been highly anticipated from the time they drafted him. He had a phenomenal game. Scored twice, added three hits and finished +3 in 14:41.
- Speaking of rooks, Brayden McNabb quietly made his return to the lineup after being recalled from Rochester. Needless to say, he looked shaky. Played just 13:17 and looked uneasy. With Myers out for at least the next two games, lets get Andrej Sekera an extra IV or something.
- The Foligno-Ennis-Stafford line was superb tonight. Stafford and Foligno both scored and provided a physical presence. Ennis was Ennis, dancing around the ice and picking up three assists. They looked really good. Unfortunately, their line was the only line that showed up.
- Cody Hodgson is starting to look worrisome. He had a couple great chances to finally score, but came up empty again. He was on the ice for two Colorado goals, including the tying goal. Hodgson is pointless in nine games, and tonight skated with Ville Leino and Patrick Kaleta, who have a combined 31 points between them. If he’s not ready for advanced ice time, fine. But you need to put him with guys that can make plays. Leino’s been good of late, but isn’t a finisher. Cody’s just not adding enough right now.
- Cody McCormick made his return to the ice tonight in place of Nathan Gerbe, a late scratch. McCormick’s last goal was February 25, 2011, sixty games ago. His cap hit for this and the following two years is $1.2 million, compared to Foligno’s $900,000 and Tropp’s $700,000 thru 2013. Just throwing that out there.
- Thomas Vanek has ten points over his last 26 games, not counting the four he missed with injury. He was near invisible for all but a couple sequences tonight. Get this guy a center.
- Remember when Semyon Varlamov’s first name was Semen? That was funny.
- Mike Weber’s brainfart on the tying goal? That’d get his ass parked in the press box if the team was healthy or eligible on the blueline.
- There’s a tweet for evidence, but that game was getting tied as soon as I heard them playing “Jump Around” with 25 seconds left. Show some cognizance of the situation and realize the tone you have the ability to set. Bunch of shitty dance music for most of the night, and the crowd, which came in rocking, was dead by the end of the first. It’s a pandemic.
- Gabriel Landeskog is a player. One of the perks of having a high pick is that you get a good player. 2nd overall is an automatic. Kid’s gonna be dynamite for years.
- Corey Tropp, with a little finishing, could have his roster spot for next year locked up. As far as I’m concerned, he’s earned his spot and the right to wear a real hockey number.
- Speaking of that, it’s still retarded that Marcus Foligno is wearing #82, with #17 and #71 both available on the active roster. Somebody fix this.
- No reports of any stolen purses tonight, so thanks for the restraint, Ryan O’Byrne.
Posted on March 14, 2012, in Sabres/NHL and tagged Alexander Sulzer, Brayden McNabb, Cody Hodgson, Cody McCormick, Colorado Avalanche, Corey Tropp, Drew Stafford, Marcus Foligno, Nathan Gerbe, Overreactions, Ryan Miller, Sabres, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Ennis, Ville Leino. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.