Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers: Reaction


The saying goes, “you win some, you lose some.”

For the Buffalo Sabres this season, it has been more like “you win few, and lose most.” For those of you still optimistic in Sabreland, you are in luck! Buffalo trumped the lowly Florida Panthers tonight, 3-1. The win pushes the team out of the basement of the NHL, into a solid 28th out of 30!

The shining light of the game was provided by the young kids of the Sabres. Rasmus Ristolainen found his first NHL goal. Cody Hodgson contributed a solid overall game. A line featuring Tyler Ennis, Johan Larsson, and Zemgus Girgensons was energetic, providing a spark and generating offensive opportunities. Nikita Zadorov continued his pursuit of becoming a future fan-favorite. Jhonas Enroth stopped an astounding 44 of 45 shots.

The Sabres were slow out of the gate, and picked up momentum as the game progressed. Unfortunately, they were badly outshot, again, this time by a 45-21 margin. On most nights, as it has already been this season, that lopsided stat will result in a loss – so, the Sabres were fortunate to come out with the win tonight. Enroth was phenomenal at limiting rebound chances, and the Panthers were inept at making the most of their shots.

The bad…Thomas Vanek was a floater, again. Watching him play, it looks like he has already relegated himself to thinking that his remaining time with Buffalo is just a waste. We watched Vanek go from a one-dimension player early in his career, and blossom into a fairly decent two-way player in recent years, sprinkled with flashes of a player who could be a superstar. This years Vanek gets his points here and there, but his effort has been nearly non-existent.

Also, Drew Stafford continues to be terrible. If this is the best that he can do, we have seen enough. The Sabres at this point would be better off just benching him, and putting yet another kid on the ice to get some NHL experience. A flailing-arm-inflatable-tube-man would be equally as effective on the ice, and probably more interesting to watch.

 

 

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Florida Panthers NHL Reacton Recap Sabres

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    “A flailing-arm-inflatable-tube-man would be equally as effective on the ice, and probably more interesting to watch.”

    Ba ha ha ha ha ha! Funniest thing I have read in FOREVER. Oh man, that was good.

    • [email protected]

      I came here to post the same thing. Not sure if you watch the show Family Guy, but the inflatable tube man is a running gag they use.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        Clearly I don’t watch Family Guy enough!

        • [email protected]

          Just don’t watch it with the kids around!

        • Jes

          Common Rich it’s like the best show ever. Along with Sons of Anarchy.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            3 kids + 2 boys in hockey (and baseball and soccer) + writing for two websites + full time job = no TV time! Unless it’s a game night, of course. :) I own over 1000 movies but I probably have 40 I still have to watch.

          • Andrew

            Family Guy is better than 93% of those movies…

      • Andrew

        Almost as good as the chicken fights! (There’s a Bruins joke hidden in there)

        • [email protected]

          Yeah, the joke is the Bruins. Chara takes a guy out with a hit to the head and doesn’t even get a penalty.

          • Andrew

            You could have stopped at “the joke is the Bruins”

      • Timothy Redinger

        Love it!

  • Dano

    Zadorov is starting to gain my attention. If he plays a couple more games like he did tonight.. 7 hits. Risto also laid in with 5 hits and a goal.

    • Jes

      Man if Myers starts performing like he did his Calder year (In which case he is getting back there slowly) this could very well be like a St. Louis Blues defense in a year or two. I’m excited. Risto actually showed up tonight unlike most of the other games he’s played.

      • Dano

        Would be nice to see Myers playing his position and not turning over the puck. *IF* he can get back to form, that would be a positive!

        • Andrew

          I think Myers is waiting for someone to dictate to him whether he should be a defensive defenseman, or an offensive defenseman.

    • Andrew

      Nikita has been beasting!

      • Dano

        Beasting?

        • Andrew

          Bee Sting?

  • dave

    Without Enroth tonite it would have been a blow out 45 shots what a joke again the viewing pain continues please O please hockey gods front office fire fire fire someone PLEASE!!!!

    • Jes

      Yup no way Miller stops all those shots IMO. Enroth has way better rebound control than Miller. Hopefully Enroth gets the nod next game.

      • Andrew

        Miller on the bench holds no trade value…

    • Andrew

      Fire DR after a win?

      Not happening.

  • Jes

    The last comment was the best(y) lol. And honestly it’s true.

  • chas territo

    Is anyone going to today’s parade? It starts at 10 am, leaving from City Hall down Delaware Ave. across Forest Ave. back up Elmwood AVE. to City HALL. The Mayor,The Sabre’s owner, Black, Regier and a Few Councilman and assorted dignitaries will speak before and after the Parade begins and ends. Pegula, Black and regier will answer fan questions. So, anyone going?

  • chas territo

    I hope you did not believe a word I wrote. It was a fantasy of what will never happen. Did anybody fall for that? roflmao. The SABRES won their 2nd game, big effen deal! Vanek needs to be traded, he has become the Whitest Elephant in recent Sabre history!!