There is no greater feeling than to be proven wrong the next day after a hockey game in which you have no faith in your team being able to pull it off.
Yesterday I wrote how I anticipated being in bed by 8PM. Well, fortunately for my playoff hopes, the Sabres were able to pick up two points last night, and the leads hottest and highest scoring team found out how stingy the Sabres defense can actually be.
I can’t say the game was pretty, there were times when the Sabres gave up way to many turnovers, but Miller was there to bail them out on those occasions.
Now I know many of you bandwagon Sabres fans are out there scratching your head wondering how the team can go from 0-3 against the Devils and then 3-0 against the Caps. Well, its an 82 game season, you win some, you lose some. You win some your supposed to lose, you lose some your supposed to win.
I really enjoyed watching Ovechkin last night, seeing some of the moves that he can use to just fool a defending player is crazy. I don’t want to get to the point of man-crush on Alex Ovechkin, but he has such raw talent.
The best part about watching Ovechkin play last night was seeing the frustration on his face several times during the game. Remember the play where Vanek out-played him for a puck…it almost made me want to man-crush on Vanek.
It was nice to see Gerbe get his first goal in the NHL. I don’t know if I am ready to see him stay in the NHL, but I would be hard pressed not to give him a hell of a chance next year out of training camp.
Ryan Miller continues to push his game levels exactly what this team deserves to get in goal sometimes. Last night the team in front of him played well, and got Olympic caliber play. Looking forward, I just hope next year we get the same play from Miller. I think Miller has proven himself as a good goaltender, I just hope his play this year isn’t only because he wants an Olympic berth. If we can get this type of play out of Miller every year of his contract, the Sabres will be all set.
The next challenge for the Sabres comes Friday night, as the Blackhawks come to town. Despite the play of the team last night, Chicago poses just as many threats as Washington.