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Knee Jerk Reaction: New York Islanders

The Buffalo Sabres were able to outlast the New York Islanders tonight.  They didn’t beat the New York Islanders, they outlasted them.

Sure the offense showed up enough to outscore them, but the sole reason the Sabres didn’t get outscored was the work of Ryan Miller, who made some great saves throughout the game to keep the Sabres withing fighting distance of two points.

The Sabres were out shot, and outworked for most of the game.  Those words are going to be the hill the Sabres die on this year – if they can’t fix whats wrong.

Tyler Myers was off the ice tonight (not hating that idea), only gave up two goals – and were able to give up a penalty shot – but still hold on for victory.

Here are a couple of notes on the game from my perspective:

I disagree with Rob Ray on the penalty shot call.  Razor agreed with the call, but a penalty shot is granted to an offensive player who has a clear cut breakaway – and is prevented from getting the shot off by the actions of the trailing defending player.  The actual rule states:


24.1  A penalty shot is designed to restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul being committed by the offending team, based on the parameters set out in these rules.

John Tavares was not prevented a scoring chance by the actions of Christian Erhoff – he drew the puck back to deke Miller, and could not control the puck.  Was Erhoff in the right the entire play – no, but it was not his actions that prevented the missed chance.


24.8 iii and iv both designate that the attacking player must have possession or control, in dropping the puck the way he did, he was unable to maintain either.

Despite the fact – Tavares was unable to score – he beat Miller but hit the pipe, so really, its a moot point.

Reaction Two – this team will never win a serious amount of games because there is no continuity between the players, guys either try to much on their own, or their passes are blind or to open spots on the ice.  If I had a dollar for every time Rick Jeanneret said “lost control of the puck” when he was talking about the Buffalo Sabres – I would both be rich and think that Maxim Afinogenov was on the team again.

How can you continue to give up late period goals successfully killing any momentum you might have heading into the next stanza?

Either way – the Buffalo Sabres were able to get a victory – and its now two in a row.  Tomorrow you have the Boston Bruins – who will be well rested given the fact that their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was cancelled due to the state of emergency declared in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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