I was really unimpressed with the play of the Sabres tonight, as they were forced to come from behind to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the ninth straight time.
Ryan Miller has now defeated the Maple Leafs 21 times, adding to a total that was already tops by an active goaltender. He has earned 9 of those wins in the last 10 outings against the Leafs.
The game was relatively boring on the Sabres part, as most often it seemed like they were extremely content allowing Toronto to dictate the play and bring the attack to them. Missed pucks, lazy skating, and a general lack of effort was the prevelant story on many Sabres shift. The goals on the other hand were scored with some hustle, so they did decide to play long enough to win the hockey game, which isn’t saying much for a Leafs team who controlled the play for much of the hockey game. Neither goaltender allowed a solid shot in the net, as all goals were deflections, tips, or bad bounces. The Sabres opened the game with a weak ass trickle through the legs of Gustavsson, one that the Monster would have wanted back.
While the Sabres continue their domination over the Maple Leafs, they have to find away to break their own spell, as a game against Ottawa looms on the horizon. Up first is a Capitals team looking to increase its hold on the Southeast division. The Sabres have split two games with Washington, both being shutouts.
While the Sabres picked up two points, many other Northeast division teams grabbed points in the standings. Toronto with the obvious loser point, Boston shutout Ottawa, and Montreal topped Atlanta.