The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins met for the first time of the season at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. The Bruins ran away with the game, outscoring Buffalo 5-2 and outshooting them 34-16. It was total domination, as expected, by a team that’s playing on another level than Buffalo. Here are the three stars of the game.
3. Milan Lucic. He was his usual Lucician self against the Sabres, using soft hands and bull rush moves to pot two goals and an assist to set the tone for a Boston beatdown. Something tells me Lucic takes extra pleasure in playing the Sabres. He always seems to pick it up a notch against Buffalo. Then again, that could just be the Sabres being the Sabres that makes him look so good.
2. Torey Krug. He was the other Bruin to score two goals tonight. What better way to show you’re ready to pick up where you left off last year than to whomp on the Sabres? For the youngster Krug, that’s exactly what happened.
1. John Scott. With one vicious hit, Scott may have set the bumbling Sabres down the path they need to take, and for that he deserves the only accolade he’s probably ever deserved in the NHL. First, Buffalo needs to get rid of John Scott. A long suspension should help that. Second, they need to clean house in the front office and maybe the scrutiny and shame that comes with not only being the worst team in the league, but the dirtiest, will send waves straight to the top. Maybe Terry Pegula had no problem being among the worst teams in the league this season, but how can a self proclaimed die hard fan sit by and let his team become the laughing stock of hockey? Maybe he can start asking hard questions like, “Hey why is John Scott playing on a team that is a zero in the league? Isn’t there some young guy we could play in his place? Or Matt Ellis? Or anyone at all?” Shoot, he might even get to the answer of that question and gulp get to the GM. Much in the way the first Boston/Buffalo tilt changed the course of Buffalo’s future a couple years ago, this John Scott controversy will change the way the Sabres move forward for better or worse. For that much at least, Sabres fans should be grateful.
Cory Buck is a staff writer for Sabre Noise. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter @TheBuckMopsHere