We’ve all had that feeling after a holiday break – the weight of that extra peice of turkey, or that extra glass or two of egg nog makes you feel so sluggish that it takes you forever to get things going. It took the Sabres 20 minutes again to get into a hockey game – and it translated into another loss.
There was no use in trying to say anything about the first period. One shot by a professional hockey team is pathetic, and they were damn lucky to have Ryan Miller in net tonight to save their asses yet again. The way they started the game they did not deserve to hang on to get any points let alone walk away with a loser point.
They did play better in the seond period, in fact they looked like a totally different team. In the third period, they sat back and hoped for at least a point. A late penatly against MacArthur almost made the loser point dissappear.
On the same night that the Sabres bring back leading goal scorer Thomas Vanek, they lose leading point getter Derek Roy.
Going into the shootout, I had some hope that Ryan Miller would be the first star for Buffalo. His play in the shootout reflected his teams play in the first period.
Hockey games are not won in the first twenty minutes – its a 60 minute game. The last two games the Sabres have proven that games can be lost in the first stanza.
With no time off before the Sabres face the Blues tomorrow – expect Lalime to start in net – and with no time to practice to work out the kinks in the miserable play from tonight, the Sabres have nothing more than time to dwell on what went wrong tonight.
Tomorrow is an evening game in St. Louis, don’t forget to tune in at 6 PM EST for tomorrow evenings game.