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.
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.