Haven’t been on here since the Washington loss. So I have a few things to cover. I’m very very happy with the way the Sabres have responded after their 4th straight loss.. 4 wins in a row. We’ll do a quick recap for the last 4 games.
Philly 4-2. After their last minute frezny in the1st period, I’ll admit it. I thought, “here we go again.” It was a very fun and eventful game to watch. It was like they finally woke up and played physical for a change. I love those kinds of Philly games. This is also the game where Kaleta got suspsended for 2 games following his borderline hit on Ross. I wasn’t a huge fan of the suspension because Ross saw him then turned a second before Kaleta made contact. There was also that Ovechkin lack of suspension because he’s a star player from the previous game I wasn’t thrilled about.
Carolina 5-1. Easily could have been a shut out for Miller had Myers not turned the puck over, resulting on a break away for Matt Cullen. After the Tropical Storms were still leading 1-0 after the 2nd period. I was like oh my god, if they lose to the worst team in hockey I’m going to break something. Then they scored 5 unanswered goals in the 3rd. Thanks for waking up again. The Sabres were without Goose and Rivet, who had both been hurt in the Flyers game, and Kaleta serving his 1st game for the suspension.
Toronto 3-0. Miller got his 3rd shutout this season. Kennedy, Tallinder, and Hecht scored. It was Tallinder’s first goal in 76 games. (Yeah, I had no idea it had been that long either.) Miller certainly gave the Team USA coach quite the show, and Wilson even said “I hope he plays like this in February.”
Before the game it was announced that Lalime was sent down to Portland for a 2 game conditioning assignment. The Sabres, like every other team in the NHL have a treacherous schedule this month, usually playing every other night. They know they can’t play Miller every game, so this is to get Patty ready. Enroth was brought up to back up Miller.
Montreal 6-2. This was a fun one to watch if you were a Sabres fan. Not so much if you liked Montreal. The Sabres stormed out to a 4-0 lead before Montreal finally put one up on the board on a 2-on-1.For most of the game Montreal looked like they completely forgot what they were doing, and often looked lost. Halak was giving up some juicy rebounds, and the Sabres capitalized on them. Kennedy had another goal, which is nice to see because he works so hard out there. Vanek had 3 assists. It was Rivet and Kaleta’s first game back. Paul Mara obviously can’t give up his grudge against Patty and those two went at it in the 3rd period. Butler left the game with an ankle sprain. No word on how long he’ll be out. The shots after 2 periods went in the Sabres favor 29-8. Yes, EIGHT. Perhaps their minds were on the Centennial celebration happening the following night. Either way, it was embarrassing. I almost felt bad for them. Almost. I still don’t like it when Gomez gets anywhere near Miller.
Rangers tonight at 7. Can’t wait. Hopefully they get the streak to 5.
Also before I forget. Ovechkin. KAAARRRRMMMAAAAA. Hahahaahaha.