SABRES WITH MILLER BACK
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2011-12-27
Ryan Miller was fantastic in his return. Activated from injured reserve just prior to the game after missing eight games because of a concussion, Miller stopped 32 shots in Buffalo's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. His biggest stop came with 4:06 left in the second period. Nashville's Jordin Tootoo crashed into Miller, knocking him out of the net and onto the ice. The collision prompted a pileup of players, and Miller threw several punches at Tootoo after they hit the ice. Tootoo was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. The Sabres, including Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Gaustad, did a great job in responding to the hit, unlike the aftermath of the Lucic hit in Boston. Ryan Miller was not hurt on the play.
Luke Adam scored the first goal of the game. With the puck loose in the slot, Adam gained control and beat Lindback over his right shoulder 10 minutes into the...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2011-12-08
The Buffalo Sabres played their usual way at home. That usual way is very sloppy and lethargic. In the first period, Detroit looked like the 1970's Soviet hockey team playing against Japan. The fantastic Detroit passing, coupled with awful Buffalo defense was the formula for the Red Wings to add another win to the victory column. Jimmy Howard made 27 saves, and the surging Red Wings stretched their winning streak to seven with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Detroit scored three times in the first period, when the Red Wings peppered goalie Jhonas Enroth with 18 shots, and went on to win for the 11th time in 13 games.
Jakub Kindl, Johan Franzen, and Valtteri Filppula scored the first-period goals for Detroit (16-7-1), which last won seven in a row in March 2010. Pavel Datsyuk pushed the lead to 4-1 by scoring into an empty net with 1:17 left. Jochen Hecht spoiled...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2011-12-07
The Buffalo Sabres were bad again on home ice, this time losing to the lowly New York Islanders by the score of 2-1. Al Montoya stopped 30 shots in a 2-1 win over the Sabres on Tuesday. The loss moved the Sabres below .500 on the season at home. The team remains heavily injured, with seven regulars out of the lineup. Buffalo lost defenseman Jordan Leopold to an undisclosed upper body injury in the first period.
Brian Rolston, scored the go-ahead goal 9:23 into the third period, and Matt Moulson also scored for New York. Coming off a 3-2 victory at New Jersey on Saturday, the Islanders won their second straight road game after opening the season 0-5-2 away from Long Island. New York (7-11-4) also won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak spanning Oct. 10-15.
Jochen Hecht scored for the banged-up Sabres, who have gone 3-4-1 in their past eight and dropped to...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2011-12-05
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1 in a complete reversal of the fortunes the Sabres had the previous night in Columbus. With 9 regulars out of the lineup, the Sabres outplayed the extremely talented Capitals on their way to a blowout. Luke Adam scored twice, Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves, and Zack Kassian scored his first NHL goal to help injury-riddled Buffalo beat Washington 5-1 on Saturday night.
The Sabres were without 9 regulars, including Ryan Miller, Drew Stafford, Brad Boyes, Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, Robyn Regehr, Patrick Kaleta, Tyler Ennis and Cody McCormick. However, reserves Jhonas Enroth, Corey Tropp, Matt Ellis, Zack Kassian, Brayden McNabb, T.J. Brennan and Paul Szczechura, amongst others, were up to the task of defeating the Alexander Ovechkin led Capitals. The Capitals have been in the funk of organizational turmoil, and the play on the ice showed...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2011-12-04
The Buffalo Sabres were terrible in Columbus. That basically sums up the play of the Sabres against the Blue Jackets, where there was bad offense, defense and goaltending. It was an embarassing performance for a team who has been struggling, especially against poor teams. Columbus is one of the NHL's worst teams, and to be dominated in that fashion was awful.
Rick Nash scored twice and goalie Curtis Sanford was again solid in goal as the Blue Jackets chased Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth early in the second period of a 5-1 victory that sent the Sabres to a third straight loss Saturday night. Mark Letestu, Marc Methot and R.J. Umberger also scored for Columbus, who broke out with their highest goal output and largest margin of victory this season. Rookie Ryan Johansen, James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter each added two assists for Columbus, which controlled the game, except for a short stretch...(Read More)