Overreactions, 2/48 Edition: Sabres beat Leafs, Earth orbits around Sun

20130121 pominvilleLast season, the Toronto Maple Leafs accomplished something incomprehensible: they swept the season series with the Sabres at the Air Canada Centre.

Luckily, we’ve had enough of that shit.

In the first of two meetings in the center of the hockey universe, Buffalo, fresh off a season-opening win over the Flyers, headed up the Queen Elizabeth Way and defeated the Leafs by a score of 2-1 in Toronto’s home opener.

Buffalo jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Cody Hodgson and American hero Jason Pominville. A late powerplay goal by Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, with the teams skating 6-on-4 made it close, but the Sabres held on.

Ryan Miller was strong in net for Buffalo, stopping 34 of 35 shots. For the second game in a row, he was also the beneficiary of not one but two disallowed goals. In 42 career games against Toronto, Miller now has a record of 28-14.

Thomas Vanek also registered an assist on Pominville’s game winner to retain the NHL scoring lead with six points.

Buffalo sits at 2-0-0 on the season, and next heads to Carolina for the first game of a home-and-home Thursday in Raleigh. Toronto, well, they’re still struggling with that expansion to a 12-team league.

  • At some point, someone other than Vanek, Pominville or Hodgson is going to have to create a goal. They’ve been in on everything so far, and it’s not a concern yet, but it will be soon.
  • Ryan Miller looked locked in most of the night, and made some very good saves. Overall, he seemed completely in control.
  • John Scott with 1:58 of ice time and a fight, which, was alright I guess. After two games, he’s spent 4:08 on the ice and 5:00 in the box. Again, this can’t last.
  • I thought Jordan Leopold was quite good all night, and his steady play was a big reason why he was on the ice for a team high 25:12. He was on the ice for over four minutes more than the next defenseman, Christian Ehrhoff at 21:01.
  • Really disappointed that I wasn’t able to make the trip to ACC for this one. Not just because of my impeccable record (13-4, I believe, something like that) but because it would’ve been a fantastic opportunity to talk smack to Leafs fans. Sabres were in control most of the game, led by a couple great American boys in Miller & Pominville. And it would’ve been a great opportunity to bring up the fact that Canada didn’t medal at the World Juniors. Can’t forget that! But in all seriousness, the Air Canada Centre is possibly my favorite place to watch a game. Such a great vibe.
  • Tyler Ennis has been really, really good in both games so far. He hasn’t lit up the scoresheet, but that will come. He had a sure-fire goal roll off his stick in the second period. Tyler was buzzing around the ice, creating chances and just being a nuisance.
  • Continue to try to explain why the Sabres can’t give shit away when you see everyone wearing free scarves at the ACC. They don’t need to do it to sell tickets. The Leafs sure as shit don’t. Toronto would sell out games if they dressed a beer league team. But they did it anyways, and now all those fans get a nice souvenir that the Leafs probably didn’t have to pay a dime for thanks to sponsorships. Marketing.
  • Good on Patrick Kaleta for stepping up and putting some licks on Phil Kessel after he knocked down Miller, but he’s gotta watch himself a bit better when he’s getting extra attention from the officials. The late penalty was mostly reputation, and it led to a Leafs goal and made it a game. Know the situation.
  • First look at MSG’s new scorebug, and I’m gonna grow to like it. Very unobtrusive.
  • Gonna be honest and say that I’m very uncomfortable with the fact that the Sabres don’t light up Ben Scrivens and haven’t as of yet. He’s been good against Buffalo. Leafs goaltenders aren’t supposed to be good against Buffalo. Scrivens playing lights out arguably kept the Sabres out of the playoffs last season. A win’s a win, but you want it to be more comfortable.

3MI Three Star Selections (decided after game)
1. Jason Pominville, Buffalo
2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo
3. Cody Hodgson, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo (34 saves, 1 GA)
2. Jason Pominville, Buffalo (goal, assist)
3. Dion Phaneuf, Toronto (plays for Leafs)

Posted on January 22, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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