I almost couldn’t write this article, because I came close to gouging my eyes out with a hot soldering iron after seeing Ville Leino get power-play time again for the 2nd straight game.
The Sabres finally gave Jhonas Enroth more than one goal to work with, but dropped their home game against the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3.
I wouldn’t say that it was all Enroth’s fault, as the Buffalo defense made some gaffes, and Alex Semin put in a pair of nearly unstoppable shots.
Did Rick Jeanneret forget how to pronounce Andrej Sekera‘s name? Or did Sekera ask for his name to be announced differently? Either way, the former Sabre scored against Buffalo, as they usually do – joining the Brad Boyes‘ and Paul Byron‘s of the world.
Alex Sulzer should not be one of the Sabres defensemen. He looked sloppy tonight, as he has in most of his games this year. I also remain unimpressed with Henrik Tallinder. Tyler Myers continued to be in beast-mode. In one series alone, he juked one Hurricane out of his jock strap, then barreled over another.
Ville Leino…I am prepared to proclaim him as the WORST free agent acquisition (in relation to his contract) in NHL history. Meanwhile, Drew Stafford continues to look revitalized under Ted Nolan. I think it is time to remove the interim tag that Nolan is holding, as he has certainly gotten a lot out of a mediocre lineup.
Phil Varone was impressive in his NHL debut, getting a pair of scoring chances, helping assist on one goal, and playing mostly sound defensively. He did make an error, and a delayed penalty by Varone led to a ‘Canes goal.
The Sabres take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, where Corey Tropp will probably score.