Since I just finished watching the game, let’s just go with some bullet points.
– It was nice to see them come through when it mattered, but all they really did with the win was keep pace. There’s still another nine wins out there they need to find, but it was a pretty strong showing on home ice. These are the games the Sabres need to win, and they did. Simple as that.
– Patrick Lalime continues to impress. He wasn’t spectacular, but he put up another one goal game for a team that finally managed to give him some so-called run support.
– It was good to see the Sabres get a bounce for once as well. Vanek’s goal was a result of a strong forecheck, but it was also a lot of right place at the right time. It was such an important goal, and it’s not often the Sabres get a nice break at the right time.
– On that late power play for Florida, Patrick Lalime showed why everyone is supposed to yell “UP!” when the puck is in the air. He was the only one to see it, and it pretty much saved the game. Last week at the Coyotes game something similar happened, but Lalime never saw it. He was lucky to have it bounce in front of him, but the only guy that was trying to tell him about it was the guy behind me, who did indeed scream “UP!” See, he knows how important communication is…
– I liked Moore’s game, and he played well with Afinogenov. What Moore does well isn’t going to wow anyone, but he puts in a strong game and worked well on the penalty kill.
– I know the big deal was Zednik’s return to Buffalo, but he played a really great game. What a season he’s having after what happened last year. Who could blame him for coming back slowly after the injury, but he’s come back as strong as ever and put Florida in a good position to make the playoffs.
– I was surprised to see that Jaro’s numbers weren’t all that different from Jay Bouwmeester. Seems like a lot of hype for a goofy-looking defenseman. Hrm… where have we heard that before?
– It was weird seeing Connolly on the ice with Pominville and Hecht. I know it was just while the teams were changing, but still. I’m not sure how I feel about him potentially centering the Line of Fail.
– It was good to see a win, but we still haven’t seen a few players step up. Pominville, Hecht, and a few others are still just coasting along, and that can’t happen anymore. Rob Ray said it last night, this team needs four lines going at all times, and that’s something to look for on Saturday against Atlanta.