Overreactions, 19/48 Edition: Sabres get shutout in yet another loss

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If you assumed things couldn’t get worse, they couldn’t really. It’s just not getting better very quickly.

On the heels of another loss in Ron Rolston’s debut behind the bench Thursday night in Toronto, the home debut didn’t go any better. In fact, it was worse. The Sabres were inept offensively and, at too many times, defensively in a 4-0 shutout loss to the 12th place New York Islanders.

Ryan Miller was solid again for Buffalo, stopping 28 shots, but got little help from his defense and no help from his offense.

Mark Streit and Michael Grabner scored 1:05 apart for the Isles late in the second period to take what would be an insurmountable lead. John Tavares and Cody McDonald scored in the third to stretch the final margin.

“We can’t point fingers,” said Sabres forward Thomas Vanek, who now has just one goal in his last seven games. “Everyone has to be better. I’m a goal scorer who’s not scoring goals right now.”

With now two games since the deparature of Lindy Ruff, the team has done little to silence the dissatisfaction of the home crowd. The crowd rained down boos for much of the latter part of the game.

“They’re booing for the right reason, we’re not winning,” said Sabres forward Marcus Foligno. “They wanna see a product on the ice that wins, and right now we’re not delivering.”

  • The special teams has been horrid of late. Buffalo was 0-for-6 tonight, stretching their streak of abysmal play to 12 games where they have just two powerplay goals to show for it (2/46 in that stretch). The penalty kill hasn’t been much better, going 3-for-4 tonight, and has now allowed a powerplay goal in 9 of the last 12 games.
  • The exchange of goalie-running at the end was moronic and it’ll be interesting to see how that impacts the final time these teams play, in the final game of the season. I’ll put good money on the fact that that game will be meaningless.
  • Whatever new song they used for the intro video tonight, they can go ahead and never use that again. Who the fuck approves this shit? They sure as shit don’t have a clue what they’re doing. Blame the team losing all you want, but the crowds shouldn’t be this shitty. You need to set a better tone in this rink. The fact they don’t just exacerbates the on-ice issues.
  • I did think Andrej Sekera showed a lot of good things tonight, despite being owned by John Tavares on the 3rd Islanders goal. The team is better when he’s in the lineup.
  • Thomas Vanek’s cold streak has oddly coincided with the team’s slide. How about that? The guy is all this team has. Might be time to try switching up his linemates.
  • In the locker room after the game, Drew Stafford was visibly emotional about the game. He looked pissed, angry, frustrated, and extremely bothered. He’s not finishing, obviously. But I’m not questioning how much he cares or where his head’s at.
  • Ryan Miller is now 492 days away from unrestricted free agency. I’m beginning to worry that he’s not going to want to sign here. At all. This can’t go on forever and convince him that he can win here.
  • Mikhail Grigorenko played just 6:00 tonight. I’m not on the “Fire Regier” bandwagon yet, but if I did, burning a year of his contract is on my list of things he’s fucked up.
  • It continues to interest me how many of the team’s newer fans are handling a legit bad team. Many haven’t ever been through what this season will be like. The fact it’s a brief one will alleviate some of it, but I’m wondering what they’re going to lose in terms of support because of it. That shouldn’t be any reason to panic though. The true fans can deal with it.
  • Nathan Gerbe continues on his path towards the waiver wire. At some point, he needs to show up on the scoresheet. He’s ineffective physically. Heart doesn’t mean shit when it’s not operating talent.

3MI Three Star Selections (vote entered around 6 minute mark of 3rd period)

1. John Tavares, NY Islanders
2. Evgeni Nabokov, NY Islanders
3. Mark Streit, NY Islanders

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Evgeni “John” Nabokov, NY Islanders (35 saves, shutout)
2. John Tavares, NY Islanders (goal (12))
3. Michael Grabner, NY Islanders (goal (7))

Quote of the night:

“We’re a good team right now that finds a really dumb way to lose.” — Buffalo Sabres LW Thomas Vanek

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Posted on February 23, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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