Oh Luke Adam, thank you for getting called up by the Buffalo Sabres and playing the type of game you played so I had something to write about in my knee jerk of this game.
I really thought this game was going to go South fast, with the Detroit Red Wings rushing the Buffalo Sabres nets and going up on the Sabres 3-0 quickly in the first period, you wouldn’t think the last place Sabres stood a chance at making this game anywhere near interesting to watch.
Can’t say that I really hated the outcome of this game. You have a storied franchise with depth, obviously going through some growing pains, but on the verge of making the playoffs for like the 23rd season in a row – playing the last place Buffalo Sabres and their fifth place goaltender and a team full of third and fourth liners playing in an extended training camp looking to stay on the team or value their worth to get off the team.
But I digress back to Luke Adam. It seems like every time he gets called up from the Rochester Americans, he is a cat like player, with nine lives to get back to the National Hockey League. Tonight, he showed that little bit of passion for the game of professional hockey again – continuing his tryout for the Buffalo Sabres.
Luke Adam stood tall tonight, getting into the dirty areas, taking a puck to the face, and standing up to the challenge. What’s more, he made sure he grabbed the puck for Nicolas Deslauriers first NHL goal before he went over to the team bear hug around the new father who just scored his first career NHL goal.
Tonight’s game got a little chippy in some areas, and will most likely carry over as the Buffalo Sabres take on these Detroit Red Wings one more time this season on Tuesday at the First Niagara Center, as one of two remaining home games left on the schedule.
A solid shoutout to National Hockey League referree Don Van Massenhoven who retired after tonights match with 1200 plus hockey games under his belt. Congratulations to him on a long and colorful career in the National Hockey League.