Not even snow in late April could stop the ninth version of “The Instigator Podcast” featuring Chris Ostrander of Two In the Box and myself.
This week we discuss the NHL playoffs, first round surprises, how fun it is to watch Vancouver lose, southern market success and another game of Plus/Minus.
With the Sabres wrapping up their European vacation on Saturday, they decided to do it in style.
One night after defeating Anaheim in their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres offered the same fate to the Los Angeles Kings, taking a 4-2 victory at O2 World Berlin in Germany.
Luke Adam scored two goals to give Buffalo a second period lead, with Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford adding the goals that were the difference in the game. Thomas Vanek added two assists, giving him five points through two games.
“It’s been great,” Vanek said. “We came here with the goal of playing good hockey and winning two games and we did. But it’s only two games in a year, there’s a lot of work left.”
Ryan Miller got his second win of the season, stopping 31 shots. Anze Kopitar had both goals for the Kings.
While it’s hard to tell where teams are at so early in the season, the teams the Sabres have stolen two points from across the pond aren’t exactly slouches. The Ducks finished fourth in the West last year and the Kings are getting picked by many to win the conference this season.
2-0-0 is nice, but they’ve been quality wins against quality teams. Lots to be optimistic about right now.
Some other thoughts:
- Luke Adam is still eligible for the Calder. Just verifying that for those wondering.
- Christian Ehrhoff had the team high in ice time, playing almost 24 minutes, despite missing some time after a rough hit from LA’s Jarret Stoll in the first period. They talked about that hit on NHL On the Fly, about the NHL possibly looking at it for supplemental discipline, but there’s no way that should merit a suspension. Two minutes was appropriate, if anything. Read the rest of this entry