Overreactions: Sabres defeat Devils in hockey game

460610051_slideReturning home from a two-game roadtrip where they got worked in two losses, the Sabres hoped the comforts of home would put them back on track. And they did.

Facing a Devils team playing the second half of a back-to-back, Buffalo, on the strength of a powerplay that helped them generate over half their shots and both goals, walked away with a 2-1 win at a sold out First Niagara Center.

Matt Moulson and Matt D’Agostini scored for Buffalo, as they won their fifth consecutive home game.

Moulson opened the scoring late in the second period, jamming home a loose puck from the top of the crease, his 14th of the year.

For D’Agostini, he finally tallied his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre, putting home a rebound with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period. Good work by Steve Ott and Linus Omark, who tallied his first point as a Sabre on the play, created the opportunity.

“I went in there and the puck was just laying there,” said D’Agostini.

The Sabres shockingly got a solid night out of Ryan Miller, who made 21 saves and got the win. Only a Michael Ryder goal on a two-man advantage blemished his outing.

Buffalo is now off until Tuesday, when they face Carolina in the second game of a three game homestand.

  • Tyler Myers should probably get suspended for that hit on Dainius Zubrus in the third period.
  • I hate that Mike Weber or anyone else has to fight after a big hit. It’s ok to hit people. If it’s a cheap shot, knock yourself out, but a good clean hit should be respected and not punished.
  • For everyone in Buffalo that wants to see Ryan Miller start in Sochi, you better start making a bigger deal out of it or it won’t happen. Not one “U-S-A” chant in the first game since the roster was announced, even after multiple impressive saves. Gotta start getting to word out, people.
  • Zenon Konopka was not overly impressive in 11:37 making his Sabres debut. Whatever. We’ll see where it goes.
  • John Scott took a penalty, not for being John Scott, or for being targeted by officials, but for doing something against the rules. It happens. Not everything makes him a victim.
  • Weber was named the third star, and I’m not quite sure why. He didn’t look very impressive. Played the fifth most minutes of all defensemen. Was it because of the fight?
  • It’s cool that Konopka has a personality and everything, but if we go overkill on the bunny thing we’re all going to hate it a month from now. To quote that referee in Slap Shot, “Too much, too soon.”
  • Glad D’Agostini finally broke the seal. He needed to. For the amount of ice he’s been getting, he wasn’t producing. If he doesn’t keep it up, they need to give that time, especially on the powerplay, to younger guys. Or guys that do produce.
  • Didn’t notice Zemgus Girgensons much.
  • The mood in the room after the game was phenomenal, something that’s vastly improved since the start of the season. These guys may not be talented, but they’re at least a good group. Giving each other shit, giving the media shit. It helps being in a good environment.
  • Please note for future reference: Sabres/Devils games are the worst. 44 combined shots. That first period was awful.

3MI Three Star Selections 
1. Matt D’Agostini, Buffalo
2. Matt Moulson, Buffalo
3. Ryan Miller, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Matt D’Agostini, Buffalo (PP Goal (1))
2. Matt Moulson, Buffalo (PP Goal (14))
3. Mike Weber, Buffalo (???)

Quote of the night:

“Yeah. Now I’m at one.” — Buffalo Sabres forward Matt D’Agostini, when asked about being stuck at zero goals coming in to the game

Posted on January 4, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I was at the game in Buffalo on Saturday night against the Devils. I was confused as to why the goal which Michal Ryder was not allowed.

    This would be on the same play where Tyler Myers elbowed Danius Zubrus in the head. Immediately after Myers made contact with Zubrus, the puck popped out to Jagr who passed it directly to Ryder who scored the goal. (if you have access to the vidoe watch the play and listen for the whistle)

    There was no stoppage by Miller, no Sabres player had control of the puck and was clearly a goal in my opinion (yes it may be bias as I am a Devils fan). But even other Sabres fans in the arena were surprised that the goal did not count.

    The refs never blew the whistle until after the goal was scored, they did not even indicate a delayed penalty.

    As for the 3 stars….Weber did not deserve it in my opinion. (only becuase it was his 200th game might be the reason behind it)

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