Sep 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston reacts during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: How Would You Rate The Buffalo Sabres First Pre-Season Game?

All right Buffalo Sabres fans – the wait is over!

Last night, your jonesing for Sabres hockey was sated, at least partially, as Buffalo opened its pre-season with a trip to, and shootout win over, the Montreal Canadiens.

Sep 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres players celebrate the win against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Yay, hockey!

Sure, it wasn’t the regular season.  And yes, you didn’t get to see Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson, or Ryan Miller (to name a few) play.  And sure, Jhonas Enroth let in some softies, and yeah, the Sabres committed more penalties than we would have liked, and . . . .

Come on, Buffalo!  I’m supposed to be OPTIMISTIC about this season.

What I’m getting at here is that last night’s game was a bit of a mixed back.  Steve Ott was tossing his body around, and Zemgus Girgensons was playing like a man possessed.  Matt Hackett came in and helped the Sabres stay within striking distance, and then stoned the Canadiens during overtime and the shootout.

However, the disturbing trend of marching off to the penalty box reared its ugly head last night, as the Sabres accumulated 12 penalties during regulation, and one more in overtime.  Such undisciplined play is not going to help a young team stay competitive for long once the regular season rolls into the 716.  And people who were already on the fence when it comes to having Enroth take over the starting job when (if) Ryan Miller leaves town in the near future certainly didn’t walk away from last night’s game feeling better about that possibility.

Time to vote!  It’s just the preseason – should we just be happy to see the kids fighting out there?  Or do the recurring issues scare you to death?  As always, I love a good discussion, so leave your comments below or bug me @theamazingMrS.

And as a reminder, next up for Buffalo is Carolina on Thursday night. Sabres tickets are available for as low as $6.

What grade would you give the Sabres for their first pre-season effort?

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  • qwicwted

    While I don’t like the number of penalties, I think the Sabres had to address the Galchenyuk hit on McBain. I believe how the Sabres address their “toughness issues” throughout the preseason will set the tone for the year – so I have no problem with “smart” penalties. Preseason games are a way to work out the kinks, get the chemistry flowing and improve. Nothing like a game situation to be used as a teachable tool.

  • Justin Tosczak

    Zemgus! Zemgus! Let’s Hold off on giving out the C until he is ready. This kid is the real deal.

    • Richard Spalding

      He sure was last night!

      • Justin Tosczak

        His work ethic, leadership, and attitude are all top notch, and things you can’t teach. I am very excited for this guy!

    • Jes

      Ya right waaaay to young. Definitely in the future.

      • Justin Tosczak

        Landeskog was 19, Crosby 19, Dustin brown, John toews… All very young captains. And frankly we don’t NEED a C, why not 3 A’s? And I am not saying right now obviously. But he is the only one trying his absolute hardest to develop a culture of winning in Buffalo. And that is why he deserves it.

    • Joe Mazurkiewicz


  • Caitlin Campbell

    I liked thier effort but am a little worried about the reoccuring problems from last season. Need to be more disciplined and work on special teams or they’ll get blown out.

  • Jes

    It’s the preseason no one is going to come out storming. I remember Columbus had an undefeated preseason and ended up being the worst team in the league. I’m sure Miller would’ve had the same stats as Enroth. It’s first game of preseason everyone is rusty.