Oct 8, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) fight during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Knee Jerk Reaction

Still suffering.

The Buffalo Sabres dropped their home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight, 3-2 in overtime. There are no excuses. Yes, the Sabres had a goal taken away on a poor penalty call against Thomas Vanek, and I told my fiancée immediately after the call that the Lightning were about to tie the game. I explained to her, it is the Buffalo way. Less than a minute later, Tampa Bay tied the game.

A good team finds a way, they stay resilient, they battle against adversity, bad bounces and poor calls. These Sabres are not a good team, and it shows in the fact that they are winless.

I still don’t care if they are the youngest team in the league. This game was in reach. Jhonas Enroth had a stellar effort in goal. Buffalo is still a team without character or chemistry. Not one player took it upon themselves to step up and carry the team and motivate their peers and the home crowd.

As much as I dislike Drew Stafford, he did have a solid first period. He prevented a Lightning goal, and generated a couple of scoring chances. Thereafter, he fell off. Cody Hodgson got himself a goal, and the Sabres power-play looked mildly improved. New fan-favorite Zemgus Girgensons was invisible. Jamie McBain scored the other Sabres goal, in hopes of shedding the cloak of inconsistency that has plagued his NHL career.

Steve Ott, Marcus Foligno, and Mike Weber attempted to engage in fights, but none were entertaining. The punchless Sabres couldn’t even get punches in during these bouts. But hey, they got TWO WHOLE GOALS, doubling their season total! Two goals, against one of the most mediocre defenses in the NHL.

Finally, there is Tyler Myers. Can we get a refund? Not only does he take senseless penalties, but he is also adept at turning the puck over, making inefficient passes, and generally looking dazed and confused. There was also his “play” while the Lightning were busy scoring the game-winning overtime goal. Myers started the sequence by chasing around Tampa Bay forwards with no effect, sprinkled in a little ‘can’t-get-out-of-my-own-teams-way,’ and ended with standing next to the Sabres net all by himself, doing nothing, except watching the winning goal get scored.

I wonder if Darcy Regier, Ted Black, and Terry Pegula are proud of themselves. I wonder how much longer Sabres fans will continue to show up to First Niagara Center. This region deserves a contender, and these Sabres are clearly YEARS away from being one.


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  • Jes

    Once again goaltending was awesome. Get ready for King Enroth to rule the Sabres land soon. Offense actually scored more than a goal, so not bad at all. Only really reason we lost this game was due to that horrible call by the ref; who in gods name calls a penalty on a team who has possession but calls it like 10 seconds after the fact while the penalized team still has possession? We got screwed I think. We were playing good tonight. We got a point so really nothing to cry about IMO. If we are as bad as our play depicts a point should be acceptable. Suffering ladies and germs.

    • qwicwted

      Jes, I still think the Sabres should try to unload Meyers – Maybe Philly thinks they can rehabilitate him with a “new” environment. Vanek is done – just doesn’t have leadership in him – time to trade for a Heatly and Coyle. I still say trade Miller/Stafford to CO for JSG and ROR or Statsny

      • Andrew

        Does Philly even have room for Myers contract?

        He would be a fairly expensive pet project.

    • Andrew

      It was a bad call, but the Sabres still needed to buckle down and kill that “penalty” – which they didn’t.

      The mentality of “well hey we got a point” is one that will keep them a mediocre, or worse, team.

  • Kevin

    Can we please stop the whining? I mean really, Sabres made mistakes yes, so did Tampa. Does anybody watch other hockey teams? Believe it or not alot of what fans are crying about are happening to better teams than ours. It’s not a factor OF mistakes in a game – every team makes them – it’s capitalizing on them that count most. Both team’s had great chances to do just that with several good chances were missed by both teams. It happens. They finally broke through on the PP kudos for that. Jhonas played great, Every game is a learning process. The one thing I like that RR has installed is stick work and the Sabres players do it very well.

    • Andrew

      If you are comparing the Sabres to the other teams in the NHL…Well, the Sabres are dead last.

      • Kevin

        I’m not trying to compare them to anybody. I was just trying to make a point.

  • wolfdoctor

    “This region deserves a contender, and these Sabres are clearly YEARS away from being one.”

    You weren’t aware that the team is rebuilding?

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