Overreactions, 4/48 Edition: Vanek can’t do everything

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Well, the defense tightened up a bit at least.

After dropping a 6-3 decision the night before in Raleigh, the Buffalo Sabres again took one in the loss column, a 3-1 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal for Buffalo, his third of the campaign, to open up a 1-0 second period lead. (AD: Click here to visit BetOnIt.org to learn more about betting online) Vanek has been on the ice for all 11 goals the Sabres have scored this season.

“Thomas is off to one hell of a start,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “He’s played awesome.”

Unfortunately, that one goal wasn’t going to be enough, as Carolina tied it a few minutes later on Alexander Semin’s first goal as a Hurricane. Jay Harrison’s point shot at 15:10 of the 3rd found the back of the net behind Ryan Miller to give Carolina the lead, and Jeff Skinner’s empty netter sealed it.

Dan Ellis, yes, that’s right, Dan Ellis, was superb in goal for Carolina, stopping 40 of 41 shots.

“Coming into Buffalo and getting a win is not easy, and he was a big of a part of that win tonight,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said after the game.

The Sabres did get a solid night out of Ryan Miller, who stopped 39 of 41 shots. But when you don’t have goal support, it’s tough to put it on the goaltending.

“You need to win these games or at least get to overtime,” said Miller after the game. “I need to make one more save.”

Buffalo next heads to Washington for a Sunday matinee with the winless Capitals.

  • Lindy deemed Tyler Myers’ play tonight as “Okay” after the game, and while he did settle in and play decent defense at times, that’s irrelevant due to the egregious mistakes he made. The absolutely mindless play that created a 3-on-0 break for Carolina in the second period is completely unacceptable for what is expected of him. The only thing stopping me from saying he’s been Buffalo’s worst defenseman is the fact Robyn Regehr has possibly been worse.
  • I avoided mentioning it above, but what the fuck is the point of having Mikhail Grigorenko here? Ruff gave an acceptable reasoning as to why he tried putting other lines out for defense. You know what? Fine. But you just made a budding franchise-cornerstone-type offensive center prospect skate with John fucking Scott. This develops him how? Playing him 6:48 a night when your team can’t score goals helps you how? Send him back to Quebec and let him get relied on for 20+ minutes a night. Don’t make him play with fucking plugs.
  • Andrej Sekera: team leading 22:18 TOI. Most shots by a defenseman. Most takeaways. Most blocked shots. Best defenseman in a Buffalo uniform tonight. Was excellent jumping into the rush and busted his ass to get back.
  • It may be early, but as of now, the Sabres are 10th place in the East. Get comfortable with this neighborhood, folks.
  • Thomas Vanek is playing out of his mind, and if he’s seriously hurt (he left the bench for a while) at any point, this team is screwed. His goal was basically him taking the puck, deciding he was going to score, and then going and doing it. He’s got nine points in four games. He is on pace for 108 points in a 48 game season. He won’t reach that, but barring injury, he’ll have 60-70 before we’re all done this season.
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  • Ryan Miller has allowed five goals in three games, and is rocking a .952 save percentage. Defense may be awful, but it’s not goaltending when he’s getting the start.
  • The Ott-Gleason fight was only memorable after I looked at the boxscore after the game and saw that it happened.
  • Seriously, that Myers turnover that created a 3-on-0 break for Carolina was so awful. If that’s T.J. Brennan making that play, he’s on the waiver wire and back to Rochester tomorrow.
  • The game did not sell out. Considering they went onsale a little over a week ago, I’m not going to kill the marketing or sales people. Not a lot of lead. But man, a Friday night game against a team people don’t like? Not frequent.
  • I just want to get the first Boston game overwith so John Scott no longer has a use on this roster. Just get done with it.

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered after the game because they never opened voting)
1. Dan Ellis, Carolina
2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo
3. Thomas Vanek, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Jay Harrison, Carolina (GWG, assist)
2. Dan Ellis, Carolina (40 saves, 1 GA)
3. Ryan Miller, Buffalo (39 saves, 2 GA)

Quote of the night:

“It was coach’s decision.” — Buffalo Sabres F Mikhail Grigorenko

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Posted on January 26, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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