Mar 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Sabres won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning: Reactions

No matter what lineup is provided to Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan, he seems to find a way to win.

The list of players that have at one point been in the Sabres lineup, and left, is lengthy. Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, Matt Moulson, Patrick Kaleta, Cody McCormick, Luke Adam, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Linus Omark, and more. During this game, Buffalo lost Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart to injuries.

Yet, the Sabres found a way to win again, this time on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Sadly, Nolan might not even stick around after this season.

The star of the game was easy to spot: Jhonas Enroth. For the second straight game, Enroth played his *** off, this time making 43 saves. Unlike some Sabres fans, I am optimistic that he can be the goaltender for the near-future.

The first goal was provided by Tyler Myers, with a nasty wrist shot. Myers has been coming into his own all season long, and I am glad Buffalo didn’t trade him.

Cody Hodgson quietly has had some very good games for the Sabres, and this was one of them. His efforts around the net led to Buffalo’s second goal, which was knocked in by Marcus Foligno. More energy and work from Hodgson earned him his own goal, which put the team up 3-1.

Despite the win, I am still not pleased or impressed with the moves the Sabres have been making, nor the immediate plans and direction of the team. It is clear that Buffalo is taking the longest road possible in a rebuilding process, and there were other options (more on this in a separate, upcoming article this weekend).

Great game by the underdogs tonight, as Buffalo took their keys out of the tank for another night.



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  • Vic Soga

    How bad is Girg and Stewart hurt?

    • Jes

      I didn’t watch the game. What happened?

      • AndrewAmerk

        Stewart was on a breakaway, and Lindback came out of the crease and clipped him…looked like a blocker pad right into his knee.

        • Jes

          Ahhh ic thanks Andrew!!

    • AndrewAmerk

      Not sure on Girgs. “Lower body injury.”

      Stewart’s collision was pretty nasty looking…

  • Jes

    Ladies and Gentlemen King Enroth has arrived!!!

    Myers is back to form. Looks even better then his rookie year.

    • AndrewAmerk

      It’s nice to see Enroth doing well knowing that the job of a number 1 is his to lose.

      • davidmuscalo

        And he will lose it!

  • davidmuscalo

    If they were playing this well at the beginning of the season when it counts, I’d be pleased, but is the end of the season and the only thing they can achieve now is losing the number one draft pick.

    As for Enroth, he does look a lot better, but I still don’t think he can continue at this pace on a night-to-night basis.

    The rebuild is now total and in five years we may or may not have a good team. If Murray’s judgment of players ability and potential to develop into high-quality talent is as good as some announcers think it is, our team will be hoisting the Stanley Cup. If his judgment is not what the Press say it is, we will be starting another rebuild, hopefully, with a new GM.

  • Kyle

    How are you not happy with the sabres direction?? I’m probably not the only Sabres fan who was sick of watching a mediocre hockey team either barely make it into the playoffs, or not make it in at all. I’m happy the old core is gone and am perfectly content with watching my team struggle for the next 2 or 3 years, because every game we lose means a better draft pick. If you look at any NHL powerhouse, they were all built through the draft (Pittsburgh…Crosby, Malkin. Chicago… Toews, Kane. St Louis… Oshie, Backes, Schwartz). And if you look at the amount of 1st and 2nd round picks we have in the next 3 years, there has to be a few gems in there. We have a great scouting staff (I think 23 scouts) as opposed to most teams who only have a dozen or so. I know most Sabres fans are tired of losing (Buffalo sports fans in general), and I am too! But be patient with this team. Murray has been around successful GM’s (Binghamton,Ottawa, Florida) and he has to have learned something

    • Kyle

      Colorado was the worst team in the league last year, and now are being led by their top picks (Landeskog, Duchene, MacKinnon). San Jose (Pavelski, Marleau, Couture, Hertl). So if you think accumulating picks is the wrong thing to do, I’m not sure what hockey you’ve been watching your whole life

      • AndrewAmerk

        Like I said, this weekend.

        Btw, Detroit’s longstanding playoff appearances and Cups were not from high draft picks.

        • Kyle

          Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg were all drafted by the Red Wings… even Darren McCarty was drafted by the Red Wings