The odds were against Ryan Miller in tonights game, and while he still had an off night – allowing three goals – he did make a huge save on the penalty kill with just under 20 seconds to go.
The real story of the game however, is the fact that Lindy has found another diamond in the Ruff. Pat Kaleta with another short handed goal, has three goals in the last two games, and was instrumental in setting up another Sabres score. It is kind of scary however, that goaltending and Patrick Kaleta have willed this team to back to back victories.
The important fact of the matter, is the Sabres stole two points from the Montreal Canadiens in regulation. With Boston losing to Philadelphia; the Sabres have padded that little lead in the Northeast Division.
Penalties ultimately did the Montreal Canadiens in, as both team fell victims to their bad habits. Montreal was able to tie the game 18 seconds after the Sabres took the lead late in the 3rd, but penalties gave the game back to the Sabres. The 5 on 3 power play really pushed the Sabres over the top. What I thought was funny on the 5 on 3 goal is the Canadiens were all screaming for an interference call on Vanek, who was being laid on by Gill. I guess when your team is that bad you look for those type of excuses. The guys on versus were giving hell to Gill for staying on Vanek in that situation, but I almost think you have to give Vanek that much respect when you were in the position Montreal was in. But then again, I was on the winning end of that combination.
The Sabres have a much needed night off as they prepare for a dreaded Ottawa game. Since the lockout the Sens have had the number of the Sabres – even in the two years the Sabres were the top team in the league/conference. But then again. I have been saying that for three games now. The Sens are going to be looking for revenge as they just lost tonight to another Northeast Division team, the surging Maple Leafs.
Tags: Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Diamond Hal Gill Hockey Lindy Ruff Montreal Canadiens NHL Ottawa Senators Patrick Kaleta Philadelphia Flyers Ryan Miller Stanley Cup Stanley Cup Playoffs Thomas Vanek