Dec 7, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz (61) falls to the ice after battling for the puck with Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens: Reactions

I guess we will never know who won the Buffalo Sabres game against the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

The scoreboard may read 3-2 in Montreal’s favor (or favour, for all you wonderful French-Canadians), but the game winning goal was an illegal one, no question. Thanks refs!

Tomas Plekanec blatantly elbowed Matt D’Agostini right in the face, directly leading to an odd-man rush for Montreal, which they scored on, of course. This made the game 3-1. Somehow, a ref parked two feet away from the play did not see it. With D’Agostini laying on the ice, the Sabres were short a player to help defend the attack.

Other than being jobbed on that call, there isn’t too much to complain about for Sabres fans. Buffalo put forth a superb effort tonight. The team led in shots on goal, won the most faceoffs, and had almost twice as many hits as the passive Canadiens squad. Jhonas Enroth was decent in net for Buffalo, and the defense played their parts.

Zemgus Girgensons scored one of the best goals of the year for the Sabres, on a spectacular individual effort that saw him put the puck between the legs of PK Subban, then jam the puck home past Carey Price. Tyler Ennis also added a goal on a rifle of a shot, completing a nice series that saw Buffalo pinning Montreal in their own end for an excruciatingly long period of time.

I am still disappointed at the lack of production from the “top line” of Cody Hodgson, Drew Stafford, and Matt Moulson. I would think that it might be time to start playing around with different line combos, in hopes of “sparking” the lowest scoring team in the NHL, but it hasn’t happened from coach Ted Nolan yet. Maybe soon?

The biggest positive? With the loss, Buffalo moved one step closer to winning the Sam Reinhart sweepstakes, 6 months from now in Philadelphia. If we can bear another pitiful season after this one, Buffalo could win the ultimate prize – expected franchise difference-maker Connor McDavid.

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  • Caitlin Campbell

    Put Ennis back with Moulson and Hodgson it worked before if I’m not mistaken. Glad to hear the Sabres put forth a strong effort

    • Andrew

      Or even Zemgus on the top line. Something.

      There’s 12 players to mix and match with.

    • Jes

      I’d say keep that Ennis line together. It’s the only line that seems to be putting up any type of effort and it’s paying off for them.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        That’s a good point… why break up the only positive offence.

  • Jes

    We honestly get the most “No Calls” in the game. It gets really frustrating but what are you going to do?

    The first line has basically been a no show since Nolan stepped in. With a team already having offensive troubles, I have no clue why they hired a defensive minded guy? Did you see that little note on HNIC that before the trade Moulson was on pace for 44 goals and after the trade he’s on pace for like 24 goals? I honestly was amazed. Moulson is a good player but not all his success was due to Tavares. Neal and Kunitz can score with Crosby and Malkin albeit not as much but they still get there fair share,

    I have a feeling Islanders are going to win the Lottery this year. We’ll end up with the 2nd overall. Too bad that pick is going to be deferred to next season (n). Would be nice to have pick one and two.

  • JHizzle75

    I would love to comment on this game, however I didn’t get the game on my T.V.
    Not impressed with the Center Ice Package I’m paying good money for. There were 10 channels with no games on at 5:00. Think I will call and complain!
    Sounds like I missed a good game!