Ladies and Gents, the Buffalo Sabres have the most wins in the NHL since the Olympic Break!
Of course, you know that I am elated after watching my beloved Sabres defeat my most disliked team, the Boston Bruins. The game was not without its share of ulcer-inducing moments, though.
The Buffalo defense was flat-out putrid. The play of Alex Sulzer has reached unbearable proportions. It seems like he is on the ice for every goal that the Sabres give up lately. John Scott was straight up robbed of a puck right next to the Buffalo net, which led to a prompt Bruins goal. While I did like game that Tyler Myers played, the other D-men were either bad, or just invisible.
Luckily, the Sabres offense was clicking. It was extremely nice to see some balanced contributions, including a goal from their top goal-scorer (Matt Moulson), a goal from their top defenseman (Myers), a goal from their top prospect (Zemgus Girgensons), a goal from a plugger (Brian Flynn), and the game-winner from an unsung source (Matt D’Agostini).
Ville Leino had one of, if not his best, games of the season, chipping in a pair of assists. One of these included a beautiful feed on Brian Flynn’s goal. It came at a perfect time, as for the 2nd straight night, there was nearly two dozen NHL scouts in attendance. Hopefully, one of them thinks that they see some treasure in our trash.
I was disappointed that Cody Hodgson seemed to pull another one of his disappearing acts tonight…I am fairly high on Hodgson, and I would love to see him start finding some more consistency in his game. If Drew Stafford can find some consistency under Ted Nolan, surely Hodgson can too, right?
Disappointment number two – no Tyler Ennis tonight. While everyone else in the media is eyeing Steve Ott, Moulson, Ryan Miller, and Henrik Tallinder as the trade targets, I have a sneaking suspicion that Ennis will become a trade that no one sees coming…
Lastly, disappointment number three – the Sabres and Bruins combined for a mere 21 hits in the game, and the refs were too quick to intervene on the only near-fight that almost occurred. As much as I hate the Bruins, I love the rivalry. Also, NBC loves to play up the history of violence and bloodshed between the two teams, so I was let down a little bit when there was barely any hitting in this one. It was still a great game, highly entertaining, and included an excellent ending – Moulson tying the score with only 50 seconds left in the game, and D’Agostini absolutely burning Zdeno Chara with his overtime winning goal.