In a game full of weirdness, the Buffalo Sabres lost to the Florida Panthers in a shootout, 2-1.
Remember former Sabre Brad Boyes? If you forgot about him, you sure remembered him tonight. Not only did Boyes scored the game tying goal in the 3rd, but he also notched the shootout winner. He also scored a goal that was disallowed for mysterious reasons.
The only good thing that the Sabres had going for them in this game was Jhonas Enroth, who stopped 34 of 35 shots. Enroth also benefitted from his goalposts, as the Panthers hit what seemed like a half-dozen pipes. Unfortunately, the Sabres have only scored 7 goals in Enroth’s last 8 starts – so, anyone hating on Jhonas due to his win-loss record needs to look a little deeper.
As for the rest of the Sabres, this was a pathetic performance, considering that they had a day off on Tuesday, had not played a game since Saturday, and were playing their first game in front of newly minted Sabres GM Tim Murray. Not to mention the fact that Buffalo was playing one of the worst teams in the NHL…add it all up, and you would think the team would have put forth a better effort.
The team was listless all game. There was very little puck pursuit or energy. Players held on to the puck when they should have been shooting. With the Sabres missing players such as Drew Stafford, Ville Leino, Tyler Myers, and Henrik Tallinder, you would think a player or two would seize the opportunity to prove that they belong in the NHL (hint hint Linus Omark, Johan Larsson, Brayden McNabb, Brian Flynn, Matt D’Agostini and Alex Sulzer).
But hey, the Sabres somehow managed to earn a point. Take that however you want. Personally, I would like to see the team get as high of a draft pick as possible while Patty LaLa, Craig Patrick, and Tim Murray figure out the future of the team.
Lastly, the NHL’s vendetta against John Scott needs to stop. Yes, he is the toughest guy in hockey (sorry Milbury, it isn’t Scott Thornton), but it does not mean that he needs to be unnecessarily policed. Getting a 10 game ban for a first offense, getting ghost penalties, getting tossed from the end of games because there MIGHT be a fight…This has become beyond ridiculous. Scott is, what, 80th in the league in fighting majors? Just stop it.