I was really hoping the Sabres would grace us with a game that was easy to watch and even easier to talk about.
Silly me for thinking wishfully.
I really have no idea where to start with this team. Yet again they come up short by a goal after starting off like garbage. They played with a lack of urgency on both ends of the ice and in front of both goaltenders. They were both outplayed by the opponent yet played better than said opponent for extended periods of time. They were good, bad and ugly, and Ryan Miller played 5 minutes and 40 seconds of hockey last night.
They were a conundrum.
That’s it. That’s the word to describe the Sabres right now, and that’s probably not a good thing. This team is a hodgepodge of awkward hockey interrupted by momentary brilliance, and Derek Roy flopping around like a fool. It’s a weird time, and I’m glad you’re hanging in with us while it’s going on.
This road trip seems so very important, but so far the last week or so of hockey has been a daze to me. The games are happening, sure, but I’m not really sure what they mean or where this team is headed.
Forget the start by Miller, that wasn’t all his fault. Like on Friday night against Minnesota, the goaltending performance was two parts defense and one part goaltender mistake; and the guy between the pipes always comes away with the most blame. Patrick Lalime played well in relief, partially because he isn’t as bad as most assume and mostly because the team decided to start backchecking.
I could keep going with the blame game, but it’s a mix of both sides, isn’t it? The offense wasn’t where you’d like but the goaltending was strong. The power play registered a goal but it was a softie. Tim Kennedy looked both good and awful.
It was a lot of things and not a lot of other things, and I’m tired of writing like Willy Wonka. All we know is that in a stretch run you want questions answered. So far all we have are more questions.