Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins: Reaction

Oct 23, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov (61) celebrates his fist NHL goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Suffering sucks.

If you are a Buffalo Sabres fan, it is bad enough watching the team float around the ice, mostly aimlessly, struggling to score and defend in their own zone. Add in the atrociously obnoxious cast of the NBCSports crew, and their endless lovefest for the Bruins, and it makes for one, long, night.

The overflowing accolades for most of the Bruins roster took up the majority of tonight’s broadcast. The likes of Pierre “active sticks” Maguire, Doc “pointless stories” Emrich, and Mike “I beat him with a shoe” Milbury had plenty of positives to say about many members of the Boston team. There was one sideways compliment thrown to Mark Pysyk of the Sabres, and that was that.

Granted, these Sabres are not very good. Following tonight’s loss, they have now only won ONE game out of ELEVEN. Yet, there ARE some young, promising players on the team. Zemgus Girgensons was full of energy and effort. Nikita Zadorov potted his first NHL goal on a fine backhander, and provided some nice body work. Johan Larsson displayed true grit, and even took on two Bruins at once during one point. Yet, the lips of the announcers did little flapping about the future of the Sabres – and they had endless things to say about Torey Krug and some guy named Reilly.

The favoritism hit a boiling point for me after John Scott’s elbow found Loui Eriksson’s head. Scott is what, 6’9, and Loui is what, 6’1? As much as they believed that they hit was on purpose, that type of height differential can lead to that type of hit, accidentally, with ease. Was it an accident? That is up for the league to decide. Let me know your thoughts below.

I was forced to watch the rest of the game on mute after I heard “they are lucky the refs were holding Chara back from going after Scott.” PUHLEEEEEEEEZ. John Scott would have pummeled Chara, just like he did to Shawn Thornton last season.

Anyways…

Despite the 5-2 final score, Ryan Miller did keep the Sabres in the game, as usual. The Sabres were badly outshot, 34-16, as usual. The team played poorly in their own zone, as usual. Cody Hodgson scored a goal. Drew Stafford was a goat. I am not even sure if Tyler Ennis, Thomas Vanek, and Christian Ehrhoff were even playing. For a team that needs to put shots on the net, the Sabres tend to pass the puck (and repulsively, at that) when they have a chance. In today’s big-bodied NHL, shots on goal tend to bounce, redirect, deflect…as seen when a puck caromed off of Hodgson’s skate. Dear, Sabres: SHOOT THE PUCK.

SHOOT.

THE.

PUCK.

 

Topics: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, NHL, Reaction, Recap, Sabres

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  • Jes

    I thought Miller played horrible tonight. That hit IMO wasn’t a cheap shot. And I totally agree with your points on those announcers. Pierre McGuire is horrible. Honestly they are always tilted to one side on these rivalry games. Zadorov was the lone bright spot tonight.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I agree: the announcers at NBC Sports Network are terrible. Zadorov: yes! The hit: no no no no no no no no!

      • Andrew

        The announcers on NBC need to take lessons on being subjective. It’s one thing if its RJ – you know he works for the Sabres.

        Doc and Pierre don’t work for the Bruins or Pens.

        The pointless stories during gameplay are too much. I don’t care if Glenn Hall missed preseason 45 years ago. I don’t care if its the Bruins trainers sisters boyfriends birthday, and he played for Harvard with Geoff Sanderson.

      • Jes

        I remember a couple years ago it was Philly vs the Sabres and McGuire comes out of nowhere and says Hartnell is a big burly man and you won’t get him off the puck that easily. And this was when Hartnell hasn’t even been on the ice for like 2-3 shifts and they weren’t even replaying anything of his. Right out of the clear blue sky he says that lol. It was hilarious.

        Zadorov is so good hey Richard? I think we got ourselves a gem. He’s thoroughly outplayed the guy who was selected 8 spots ahead of him. Hit after hit. Reminds me of Pronger out there with more speed. Next Sabres jersey for me will be Zadorov.

        Hey the Bruins deserve a hit like that going towards them. They dish them out so many times and never get a suspension let alone a penalty. So Scott’s hit in my book was all good. Plus the size difference between the two has to accounted for something. IF he does get a suspension it’s got to be 5 games or less IMHO anyway.

        • Andrew

          I just went back and watched the hit a couple times.

          Sorry, Rich, but that’s a legal hit.

          Scott was coasting, not charging. No elbow. No hit to the head, it was to the upper chest. Loui had just dumped the puck .5-1.0 second prior.

          Scott also has NO history of dirty hits.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Ha ha ha! The NHL, and the rest of the world, thoroughly disagree.

        • chas territo

          Hold off on Zadorov, it was one game. We have seen displays like his many times. Wait and see what he does in up coming games before branding him.

          • Andrew

            Visions of Tyler Myers dancing in your head?

          • Jes

            Other than Pysyk he’s been our best defensemen IMO. He’s not up there in points because our team scores like a goal a game. Not even Karlsson could put up points on a team like that.

          • Jes

            2 games actually. But you are right.

          • chas territo

            You’re right, but what I meant was, He only scored in one game, not both. He, I hear has played well in those 2 games, but I can’t allow myself to watch this terrible team. I’m afraid I might throw something at my television.I do not lose control with anger, but this team can make me lose it. If there’s a door use it, don’t go through the wall to leave, you know?

            i

    • Andrew

      Agreed on Zadorov.

      Ever play the Pierre Maguire drinking game?

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    I can’t even begin to get into a discussion with anyone who honestly believes John Scott did not intend to hit Eriksson in the head. That is the definition of being a blind fan. The hit was late to begin with – is that the result of Scott’s size, too? The idiocy of the NBC crew aside, that hit was 100% intentional.

    • Andrew

      I didn’t watch replays. I only saw it once, and it didn’t look completely intentional to me.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        The NHL will watch a lot of replays. :D

        • Andrew

          Between the BS the Bruins pulled on Vanek in the playoffs, and the Lucic-Miller shenanigans, the Scott hit was nothing.

  • Kevin

    I’ve grown so numb to those guys that they don’t bother me much anymore. But, there are certian games when they are at their worst. Tonight was one of them. However, they have been been worse. As for Scott I hope they throw the book at him. Like 10 game. He is useless anyway. Makes more room for Tropp when he comes back.

    • Andrew

      Guys like Scott have been celebrated throughout the history of hockey. See: 70′s Flyers. See: Rob Ray. See: Eddie Shore. See: Ted Lindsay.

      They have always had a place, and always will. Difference today, is more cameras, replays, and media.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        Difference is modern science has revealed a lot of information about concussions and health. That, and the fact that, as the ONLY professional sport to allow hockey, the NHL sees itself missing out on a lot of cash. Hardcore hockey fans may not care, but the NHL and its owners do.

      • Chuck McGinley

        You are missing one key point… Rob Ray and Eddie Shore could skate, shoot and score. Have you ever watched a game live where John Scott is out there. It is comical to say the least.

        • Andrew

          Rob Ray could not skate nor score. 90 points in 900 games? You must be thinking of Probert.

          I am too young to have seen Shore play – tell me more of what it was like watching him…

  • chas territo

    The following is a comment I made to another link about this loss. I think it’s better than reacting to yours Richard as it says all I have to say without getting profane.

    I have not watched the Sabres once this season, I can’t watch such a miserable showing like theirs! All these years as a fan I have never been subjected to a worse product than this, never!! Our team is so bad a Pee Wee league team would probably beat them too. This is Pegula, Black and Regier’s fault.What they have done or not done is the worst ever. Pegula, the non-show owner needs to step up and relieve us of Black and Regier! He wont because all he seems to care about is building a skating rink next to 1st Niagara!! Too bad for us!!

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Yep, their play is the worst part of all of this.

  • Chuck McGinley

    Seriously? I love people who write and are homers. I love the fact you are sticking by your team, even though they dump Pominville and bring in Scott and Ott when they already have Kaleta….

    But let’s be honest. The NHL will use the film of this hit as THE PRIME EXAMPLE of what NOT to do; and the definition of targeting the head; and the definition of a blind side hit.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I have to say that I , too, cannot believe how many Sabres fans are arguing this hit was clean. Even if he wasn’t targeting the head – and anyone who is being honest knows he was – he came from the blind side and hit Eriksson after the puck was off of his stick. No attempt to pull back at all. Being a fan of the team doesn’t mean condoning this type of hit, and this type of play.

      • Andrew

        Watching the hit in slow motion, it indeed looks dirty.

        Watching it in real time, it was clean. I played hockey – those plays happen faster than it looks.

        Scott has a history of being a goon, but none of playing dirty.

        If Kessel can 2 hand players in their knees…then…

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I’ll give you that: the plays happen quickly, and that’s a reasonable argument to make. However – why was he sent out on the ice with the game out of reach? There was no big hit from a Bruins player to respond to, so Scott had no reason to be out there . . . unless he had a job to do. I fully believe he meant to level someone, anyone, so regardless of the speed of the game, he was on a mission to crush a Bruins player because they were winning. There was full intent, and that is bush league stuff.

          • Andrew

            Rolston had been using the 4th line more often in 3rd periods in every game. This was nothing new.

            Down by 2 in the 3rd, technically the game wasnt out of reach.

    • chas territo

      Chuck,Nice name by the way, I am not gonna excuse Scott one bit. This is the NHL today, we as fans don’t have a say in regards to the play in the league at all! Hits are part of the game, dirty hits should be dealt with very severely or this shit will keep happening like it does! Let’s face it Shanahan is a pussy who caters to the big money, so he penalizes accordingly. I have an idea how to stop these head hits, but it will not be implemented. When a player is charged with a head hit, game misconduct and automatic 2 game suspension. Then the pussy, er, Shanahan penalizes the player auto 5 games on top of 2 game suspension. Then if the player who was hit misses games, the player suspended gets an additional double game suspension for how many missed games by the injured player. This would put teeth into discipline and no player would want to have this type of suspension(s) happen to him. The game is played with risks, but no player should be injured by intent or accidentally. Tell me, do you think this would work, notice I didn’t ask could it work.

    • Andrew

      Thanks for the response.

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  • Joe Mazurkiewicz

    THIS TEAM NEEDS AN ENIMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jes

      No what we need is a transformation. We need the Vinyl Outlet lol.

      • Joe Mazurkiewicz

        Well,where do I start?????????????????????? Oh yeah KEN SAWYER,DARCY & ROLSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Andrew

          Or, any line combos not involving Stafford.

          • Joe Mazurkiewicz

            Right on man!! You wouldn’t keep a milk-cow that don’t give milk eh??!!!!!

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