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.