Overreactions: Sabres beat Sens in shootout

454972815_slideThe Sabres only needed one goal to get themselves a point tonight. No one said it had to be pretty, and they ended up snagging two.

Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons scored once in regulation and the shootout winner as the Sabres defeated the Ottawa Senators by a 2-1 final.

After falling behind early in the first period on a Milan Michalek goal, Buffalo tied it in the second as Girgensons threw a shot from the goal line into Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner’s skates. Despite appearing to take the lead later in the period on a delayed penalty, the game would end 1-1 after 60 minutes as the go-ahead goal was disallowed.

Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn, Steve Ott and Girgensons scored for Buffalo in the shootout, which last ten rounds before Ryan Miller stopped Erik Condra to end it.

Miller made 35 saves on the night, as he won his first game against a team other than Toronto since Ted Nolan took over as interim head coach.

  • I figured there was going to be a lighter crowd, and I took some pictures early in the game and posted them on twitter, but it did fill in a bit. The secondary market was extremely soft and the weather likely scared some people off, but there were no more than 14,000 in-house tonight.
  • Got into multiple arguments on twitter, but the disallowed goal was not a bad call. The referee reserves the right to determine what constitutes possession when it comes to blowing play dead on a delayed penalty. Did it work out for the Sabres? No. But the rules are written poorly in terms of language defining possession. That’d be nice if it were clearer.
  • Here’s the official statement from the league on the disallowed goal:
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    Works for me.
  • The Sabres’ regular home jerseys look so much better with a contrastingly horrendous third jersey.
  • Obviously we all have our eyes on the long-term here, but it’s nice to win once in a while since we’re in the position that two points here or there won’t kill our lottery chances. Wins are always better than losses.
  • Oh, and let’s not scratch Brian Flynn again. The shootout goal isn’t a big deal, but it’s just stupid. John Scott’s five minutes of ice are far from indispensable.

3MI Three Star Selections 
1. Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo
2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo
3. Milan Michalek, Ottawa

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo (Goal (3), GDG)
2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo (35 saves, 1 GA)
3. Christian Ehrhoff, Buffalo (Assist (7))

Quote of the night:

“It was pretty devastating when they called back the goal. You could tell they were a little bit devastated. But they overcame it, they forgot about it, and they moved on. To get a win like that is an emotional win for us.” — Buffalo Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan

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Posted on December 11, 2013, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Lucas Potrzebowski

    Eric, you have no idea what you are talking about since the ref didn’t blow the whistle as soon as one of the players touched the puck it is a goal because of the possession rule.

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