Knee-Jerk Reactions: Sabres at Canadiens


I know I’m not the usual suspect to write these post-game ‘knee-jerk’ reactions, but alas – here I am! This game gave me several heart attacks, made me go “WHAT?,” and simultaneously made me proud to call the Sabres my team.

  • WHERE were the Sabres the first seven(ish) minutes of the game? Seriously, did they forget to come out of the locker room? The Habs had total control of the puck and the ice, and the Sabres only registered three shots in the first period. Ouch.
  • Ryan Miller was outstanding for the most part. If he hadn’t been so good in net, the Sabres could have easily been out of the game in the first ten minutes, since their offense seemed mostly nonexistent. Several good saves during that time, as well as throughout the rest of the game, kept the team in the game and gave them a real chance.
  • Congratulations to Raphael Diaz, who scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game against said goalie Ryan Miller. It happens; let’s just be thankful it wasn’t a hat trick. (Derek Stepan, anyone?)
  • Thomas Vanek gets hit in the face with a puck, while sitting on the bench. Oh. He later takes two cross-checking penalties. Oh again. BUT WAIT – HE SCORED. Forget everything I just said, it really doesn’t matter.
  • Jordan Leopold scores his first of the season! Stafford and Roy with the assists.
  • Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani gets an assist on Vanek’s goal. Will this be enough to get him out of Lindy’s doghouse?
  • That fight between Travis Moen and Cody McCormick. I like it – we need the physicality. Something to spark this team into playing with some spirit. This one was particularly good, and the refs really let them go, even after they fell on the ice and got back up.
  • Luke Adam gets his world rocked with a hit, but he’s okay, suffering just a cut under his eye. Thank goodness, because the Sabres probably don’t want to lose the player who leads rookie scoring. Also, what happens when Hecht returns?
  • Will Mike Weber ever get a chance to play?
  • Apparently the Montreal Canadiens’ Twitter thinks his name is Tomas Vanek. No. Just…. no.
  • Ultimately, you can see it. The team plays differently in front of Miller than Enroth; they make sloppy mistakes and don’t get enough time with the puck (such as in the first seven minutes here), and Miller thankfully supports them and keeps the team in the game. Without him, where would they be?
  • Delayed penalty call on Montreal leads to an empty net goal by Buffalo. Ehrhoff gets it from the far icing line.
  • Sabres win! Wow, how did we manage to pull that off?