When you mix a bad hockey club trying to play spoiler, and a desperate hockey club that needs points, the end result gets you a decent hockey game to watch. The Buffalo Sabres kicked off the final week of the regular season with a visit to the city of Brotherly Love to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. How many times could we cut and paste the same three stars from all season?
It makes it even harder when you have a roster with very few stand out players, all trying out for the future third and fourth lines of a good Buffalo Sabres team – and the rest sidelined by injury. Buffalo skated into tonight’s game with 10 scratches. Ted Nolan couldn’t have benched Ville Leino if he wanted. How can you live with yourself being that abysmal of a hockey player. Only Jake McCabe – in his second NHL game had a worse +/- stat, and your 4.5 million dollar contribution tonight was a solitary blocked shot. If the Buffalo Sabres have to eat your contract next year to get to the salary cap floor, I hope they find a way to stuff your contract somewhere in the ECHL where he can learn to be a part of a team.
I keep telling myself that it is just as hard to pick three stars on a good team where everyone on the bench chips in for a solid win. I was looking forward to writing about a Buffalo Sabres team that beat the Philadelphia Flyers. Who cares about the spoiler role, or the fact that neither team has won in it’s last two outings. How about the plain and simple fact that I hate the Philadelphia Flyers and like to see the lose all the time.
Don’t know what it is about them, but there are just two teams that I loathe, utterly and completely and can’t root for no matter what, and that is the Flyers and the Boston Bruins. How many guys ran Nathan Lieuwen tonight? Was there really a need to elbow Ruhwedel in the head when your leading 5-1? Sure it cost you a goal, but Philadelphia proved why they are one of the most hated teams in hockey.
Buffalo Sabres Third Star: Nathan Lieuwen
Ok, so this is a pitty pick. The team left their goaltender out to dry tonight, .
Buffalo Sabres Second Star: Cody Hodgson
It took a five minute match penalty against Zac Rinaldo to get the Buffalo Sabres on the board in the third period, and Cody Hogdson was the player to tip in the Christian Ehrhoff shot. Through the first two periods, Hodgson had 3 of the Sabres 11 shots on goal.
Buffalo Sabres First Star Jake McCabe
You know why he gets first start honors – because he passed off on the chance to improve with the Wisconsin Badgers so he could be a part of this suck. That right there takes fortitude.
Buffalo continues the final week of the season with two home games book ending a brief road trip to New York and Boston.