That was… kind of predictable. You outplay a team for two periods and suddenly it’s a tie game going into the third. If you’ve been following this Sabres team for the past few seasons you could sort of feel it coming. At the time I said that if they didn’t score during the four minute power play coming out of the intermission they would lose. Think about the way momentum shifted at the end of the second period, a four minute penalty kill is only going to add to surge. The Sabres weren’t capitalizing on their chances, and sooner or later those chances would run out and the Leafs would get a lucky one.
It was one of those games you hope they are better than, but the more this season progresses the more it seems like this is exactly how the team is going to play. They will surprise you and win a few games they probably don’t deserve, only to drop the games they absolutely should win. The Sabres play frustrating hockey, both for their opponents and themselves. Tonight they were on the losing end of that frustration, and there’s not much anyone can say to fix things. Until something major changes this is exactly what we are going to see.
Oh, and on back to back games the Sabres have yet to win the second game. Aren’t you pumped for tonight? A few other things about Sabres/Leafs:
– I love going to hockey games with an involved crowd, but I’m glad I didn’t take out a second loan to attend last night. I’m telling you, if I ever sit next to people in the 100s that stand up and wave to the camera during the game, I will stab them. I will stab them and I seriously doubt anyone else can blame me. Crowds like that are so frustrating.
– Attendance was listed as 18,211, or 97.4% full. On a Friday. So… have they out priced everyone yet? Can we have a double-secret probation game next year?
– I’ve been really surprised by Gerbe’s physical play. He isn’t afraid to take a hit and certainly hits back. He still hasn’t made the score sheet just yet, but I’ve liked his game. We still have another four games or so left with him, so enjoy it while you can.
– Sometimes I watch Maxim Afinogenov play and I wonder what a $3.5 firework display would look like. I bet it’s pretty excellent. Maybe Darcy could buy that for us next year to replace Max’s contract. It’s about the same, right? All flash and you’re left with nothing of consequence. Just smoke and
turnovers bright colors.
– Paul Gaustad has been playing excellent hockey the past few games. It doesn’t show up in a box score, but his line has been everywhere and he’s the reason for it. He’s played physical, stood up for teammates, and the forecheck has been excellent with him leading the way.
– Vanek was quiet tonight, but so was everyone else really. It’s a rough game when Lydman is the only Sabre on the scoresheet.
– I’m looking for a proper way to describe what Drew Stafford couldn’t hit with various objects in certain situations. Right now it’s between a white person at a Beck concert and oxygen anywhere. Stafford has missed soooooooo many open nets this year. What a disappointment he’s turned out to be. He’s an RFA at the end of this season, and I’m not sure I’d mind if we somehow couldn’t keep him around. That’s a pretty big departure from what we saw in his rookie season. Sad.
– Sekera was balls tonight.