Jan 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Phil Varone (84) celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals: Reactions

In the beginning of the season, the Buffalo Sabres didn’t know how to score or play defense.

Then, when Ted Nolan took over, the team started playing decent defense, but lacked any offensive prowess.

Lately, the Sabres have learned to score, but the defense is lacking. This was evident in tonight’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Cody Hodgson continued his hot streak for Buffalo since returning from injury, as he potted a pair of goals. Unfortunately, Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green each had a pair of scores for the Caps. Aside from the defensive lapses, the Sabres played an entertaining game, and stayed in it until Green’s OT winner.

Ville Leino continues to be a major disappointment. This is a guy that I saw score a goal at First Niagara Center once. Unfortunately, it was an OT goal in Game 6 of the playoffs for the Philadelphia Flyers to defeat the Sabres on an Easter Sunday. What is wrong with this guy? NO GOALS THIS YEAR? He cant even average one shot per game? Can we dump him now?

Mike Weber was someone that I used to have high hopes for, but it is becoming apparent that he may never find himself a consistent game. I love that he hits. I hate that he is second to last in the NHL in plus/minus. Weber also threw a pair of questionable hits in the game, including one near the end while the game was tied 4-4. If he had been caught, it would have been an awful turn for Buffalo.

Marcus Foligno had a great game, and made a dazzling move to set up Phil Varone for his first NHL goal of his career. I am not particularly a Brian Flynn fan, but he complemented the line well.

Tyler Myers appeared to disappear tonight, and didn’t have his legs moving. Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis earned themselves a pair of assists tonight.

Overall, I am just sick of the inconsistent defense. Between Weber, Jamie McBain, Henrik Tallinder, and Alex Sulzer, improvements need to be made. Good thing Buffalo has players like Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, and Jake McCabe making their way through the system. It also remains to be seen whether Chad Ruhwedel, Mark Pysyk, and Brayden McNabb will develop into solid NHL D-men.

What are your thoughts on the game? Leave some comments below!

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  • Vic Soga

    Why is Weber still playing? Anybody who plays with him always has a bad game. Myers tonight and McBain last night. I don’t care if he is friends with Ott. Ott is playing like him with the nearly same plus minus. I feel sorry for Hodgson having to play with Ott and Leino.

    • Andrew

      Too bad Weber just began a 3 year deal.

      I’m thinking they might try moving him at deadline…

  • davidmuscalo

    The outcome of the game was determined when Enroth was announced as the goalie. Miller does needs a rest from time to time. I think Nolan should play Enroth more before Olympics so Miller can stay on top of his game by getting some rest. There is no point in burning Miller out before the Olympics, because the Sabres are not going to make the playoffs and are trying their best to ice the first pick in the draft.

    I think the Sabres played well for a team that was playing its second game in two days. The defense looked a little tired in the 3rd Period and there was no energy from the offense or defense in the Overtime.

    • Andrew

      Enroth should have started the Pens game, and Miller should have handled the Caps game.

      Jhonas has had better success against Pitt, and Miller has been dominant against Wash this year…