Lack of offense is the story of the night again for the Buffalo Sabres. Carey Price gets a shutout and the final words of the broadcast while players were on the ice was that the Montreal Canadiens had held on to defeat the Buffalo Sabres.
It was a close and entertaining game for sure, but the Montreal Canadiens were clearly in control of the game and were in no danger of losing this one, even when the score was only 1-0. You have to credit Matt Hackett, he played very well in the net for the Sabres, and as was much of the story of the year, was largely the reason that the Buffalo Sabres were even in a close game come the second period.
I can’t really say that the Buffalo Sabres penalty troubles are the biggest problems on this team. They are going to play over the top on most nights – to compensate for their lack of talent. This is going to a common trait of the Buffalo Sabres through the remaining games of the season. The offense will be dark for most nights, and the opposing teams that can capitalize on the power play chances will most certainly walk away with a win.
Tonight the Montreal Canadiens only needed to be patient. They needed the two points, and the Buffalo Sabres could have played spoiler. Smart, patient hockey by the Canadiens landed them the win tonight – despite Matt Hackett’s best attempts.
Rasmus Ristolainen may not want to get too comfortable with the Rochester Americans. Ristolainen was sent down with the return of Tyler Myers to the lineup. When Myers crashed into the net during the game – he could again miss more time – looks like it could be the hip, ribs, or groin. Despite the rough tumble into the net (on what should have been a trip?) – Myers still skated for nineteen minutes and twenty eight seconds, third on the team only to Drew Stafford and Christian Ehrhoff.