Jan 30, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson (26), forward Lauri Korpikoski (28) defensemen David Schlemko (6) and defensemen Tyler Myers (57) skate on against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres at Phoenix Coyotes: Reactions


The Sabres pulled off a 3-2 regulation win against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, and the game was full of absurdities:

Absurdity #1 – Phoenix had scored a power-play goal in 11 of their last 12 games. Of course, they potted one tonight, pushing the streak to 12 of 13 games.

Absurdity # 2 – Phoenix took 21 shots on goal in the first period. The San Jose Sharks JUST set the record for regulation shots in a game yesterday with 59 – if Phoenix would have kept pace, they could have broken it.

Absurdity # 3 – Despite the Sabres recent resurgence in goal-scoring, our newest fan-favorite Zemgus Girgensons had NO points in his last 15 games. He notched an assist against the Coyotes, then scored the game winner – the first GWG in his career.

Absurdity # 4 – Cody Hodgson earned himself THREE penalties tonight. Two of these were EXTREMELY questionable.

Absurdity # 5 – Phoenix scored two goals tonight, only 18 seconds apart in the first period. Then, they never found the back of the net again.

Absurdity # 6 – Buffalo scored ZERO short-handed goals in their first 34 games. With the shorty scored by Girgensons, they now have 4 in their last 19 games.

Matt Moulson appeared to sustain a painful injury of some sort near the end of the game, after taking a hit along the boards by Shane Doan. We now wait and see what it is, and how serious it might be…If it is serious, it would really hamper his trade value at the deadline…

Ryan Miller continued his rampage towards proving that he needs to start for Team USA in Sochi. Millsie stopped 38 of 40 shots tonight…

Martin Hanzal got involved in a skirmish with Steve Ott, which prompted my fiancée to go into a 10 minute verbal tirade against Hanzal, chock full of obscenities. This was one of the only times this season that something happened in a game that got her yelling at the TV, and she is normally a die-hard fan. So, thank you, Martin Hanzal – I think?

If you follow any of my articles, you are well aware that I am on an anti-Ville Leino crusade. Despite the accolades being tossed his way by the MSG crew, I still don’t see it. I do not know what he has done to “earn” ice-time (especially after Ted Nolan pointed out his lack of effort weeks ago), let alone getting power-play time, and a spot on the 2nd line. While I understand the team isn’t chock-full of high-level talent, Leino has shown me little to justify why he is getting playing time over players that the team could be evaluating for their future.

Lastly, why did the team play better defensively sans Christian Ehrhoff tonight? Why has the team been playing better offensively without Drew Stafford? Things that make you say hmmm…Just like the never-ending question of why the Sabres cannot get a win with Jhonas Enroth in net.

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  • Ben Chalker

    Good summary.
    Picture caption incorrectly identifies Buffalo players as : Forward Lauri Korpikoski (28) defensemen David Schlemko (6)

    • Andrew

      Haha…good catch. Someone should let Jennifer Stewart know…

      • JHizzle75

        Anyone know why Ehrhoff wasn’t playing tonight?

        • Andrew

          Nolan said this afternoon that the ‘Hoff was sick…

          • JHizzle75

            Ok thanks Andrew. Thought maybe there was a trade that hadn’t been announced yet

          • AndrewAmerk

            Ehrhoff ain’t going anywhere JHizz!

      • Kevin

        Fixed

        • Andrew

          You da man!