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That elusive win is still out there, as two leads were quickly washed away, one with the help of the referee as the Buffalo Sabres fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime USA Today Images - but hey at least we got a point last night ...
That elusive win is still out there, as two leads were quickly washed away, one with the help of the referee as the Buffalo Sabres fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime USA Today Images - but hey at least we got a point last night right?  Another loss on a night that our goaltending gave the team enough to win.  Four games down and 78 to go. Some games it has been hard to pick a star player outside of the goaltender, so what are the odds that the Buffalo Sabres MVP will come from the youth movement – or the small core of veterans leading the team? [Bleacher Report]. If you didn’t watch last nights game – it was entertaining to a point, and we came so close, but the Lightning were able to rally.  [Fox Sports]. Elation would have been the feeling in the locker room if they Buffalo Sabres could have held on to their lead.  In a somewhat twisted way, the penalty kill that has been good was out performed by the power play which has been bad – and down the rabbit hole we go even further – this time, a little more irritated.  [Buffalo News]. How much longer does Drew Stafford have in a Buffalo uniform?  He played well last night – but the problem lies within.  This organization is hell bent on rekindling old successes – it has been two years since Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis, and Stafford were a successful line.  It has been 15+ years with Darcy Regier, and now it has been a long and grueling (although physically short) road with Ron Rolston – or as I have begun calling him, Darcy Regier jr. [Hockey Buzz]. Frederick Roy – son of Patrick Roy – chasing the NHL dream in Rochester.  [USA Today]. You don’t like seeing your team on the bottom of any list – but here they are again in another power ranking, down to number 30.  [CBS Sports]. Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s first star of the week.  [Washington Post]. Daily Dasherboard October 9, 2013 - Sabre Noise - Sabre Noise - A Buffalo Sabres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 6 hours ago
The Penalty The biggest play of the game really wasn't made by any player on the ice, it was a decision by a referee that changed momentum of the game. At the 5:21 mark of the third period, Jamie McBain appeared to score the Sabres thir...
The Penalty The biggest play of the game really wasn't made by any player on the ice, it was a decision by a referee that changed momentum of the game. At the 5:21 mark of the third period, Jamie McBain appeared to score the Sabres third goal of the night. But, the whistle blew just as the puck went into the net and the Sabres found themselves with the goal wiped off the board and on the penalty kill. Here is the clip of what happened in case you missed it. The Lightning scored on the ensuing power play and all the momentum the Sabres had just vanished on that call. The league issued a statement on its Situation Room Blog explaining what had happened: At 5:21 of the third period in the Lightning/Sabres game, the end-zone referee had a Buffalo penalty on delay. The referee did not see Sabres forward Steve Ott touch the puck, which then rebounded to Jamie McBain whose shot entered the net simultaneous with the referee blowing his whistle. The net result was the correct call - no goal, penalty to Buffalo. In all honesty, that call wasn't the only call that the referees messed up on the night. There were a handful of super quick whistles on delayed penalties and goalie covers. Game referees Paul Devorski and Ian Croft did not have a good night and it happens from time to time. Unfortunately for the Sabres, it seemed to cost them the game. Power Play Finds Life The Sabres power play came into the game 0 for 13 and just didn't show any signs of life in terms of progress. Against the Tampa Bay Lightning though, the Sabres power play looked more crisp and put together as they netted two power play goals in a period for the first time since December 26, 2011. The first power play goal came from Cody Hodgson and the second came from Jamie McBain. The Sabres had four power play opportunities and managed to get seven shots on goal during those. Cody Hodgson Was Best Player Cody Hodgson has played a total of 72 games as a Buffalo Sabre and tonight's game may very well have been the best of them all. Sure, he has had a couple of games in which he's scored multiple goals, something he didn't do tonight, but he did register a goal and an assist and was registered a team high six shots on goal. After the game, Cody explained how he felt about the loss. "Yeah, it feels kind of worse actually. Other games it felt like other teams were taking it to us but this game I felt like we had the majority of the chances and took the play to them. It's disheartening that only ended up with one." Three Stars Of The Night 1. Jamie McBain - 1 goal and 1 assist. 2. Alex Killorn - Game winning goal 3. Jhonas Enroth - 31 saves in losing effort. Comment Of The Night Suffering - When Vanek passes the puck to Porter on the odd man rush instead of shooting.-derekabe
about 7 hours ago
Over the course of their first three games, the Buffalo Sabres forward lines were generally a mess. They generated little-to-no offense, looked out of sync with each other, and couldn't find the balance of skill and grit that's required ...
Over the course of their first three games, the Buffalo Sabres forward lines were generally a mess. They generated little-to-no offense, looked out of sync with each other, and couldn't find the balance of skill and grit that's required for success in the NHL. On Tuesday night, the blue and gold saw a key piece up front return to the ice as Marcus Foligno finally returned from the hand injury he suffered in preseason, and boy did he make an instant impact. Foligno made his presence felt early when he crushed Valtteri Filppula with a clean hit on his second shift, which then led straight to a fight between Foligno and the wonderfully-named Radko Gudas. Foligno continued to make his physical presence felt on the ice all game, leading both teams with seven hits. He had an impact in the offensive zone as well, where despite registering only one shot, he used his big body to get the puck in close and create scoring opportunities. His willingness to drive to the net adds a much needed power forward presence to the top two lines that's been lacking ever since Drew Stafford decided he didn't want to be a power forward any more. His efforts on the ice did not go unnoticed, and head coach Ron Rolston rewarded the young Foligno with 20:21 of ice time in his return, as his line of Foligno-Ennis-Stafford became Buffalo's de-facto top line as the night wore on. If they can recapture a bit of the magic they had at the end of the 2012 season, it will go a long way toward helping Buffalo's still-sputtering offense. Foligno is one of the many young players on whom the Sabres are resting their future, and though it's only been one game for him this season, the early returns look promising. Along with Zemgus Girgensons, Mark Pysyk, and (depending on who you talk to) Rasmus Ristolainen, Foligno has shown thus far that he could be a valuable part of a new young core of players that help to lead the rebuilding Sabres out of their 0-3-1 start.
about 8 hours ago
Apr. 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas (75) checks Buffalo Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy (27) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Ton...
Apr. 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas (75) checks Buffalo Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy (27) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Tonight was a night of firsts at the First Niagara in Buffalo, NY. For one, it was the first ever Atlantic division matchup between the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was also the first point of the season for the Sabres, but they still remain winless, falling 3-2 to the Lightning in overtime. The momentum shifted in favor of Tampa Bay with just over five minutes gone in the third period. Jamie McBain scored what appeared to be the Sabres’ third goal of the game. Instead, the goal was disallowed on a penalty that originally looked to be in favor of Buffalo, but instead, went against Buffalo. The most troubling part of the play was that the Sabres clearly had possession of the puck for several seconds after the referee raised his arm to signal a penalty. “I don’t know what happened there,” Rolston had commented after the game. “We had the puck too for I don’t know how many seconds. We thought we were going on the powerplay.” Tampa Bay capitalized on the man-up advantage with a goal from Teddy Purcell and tied the game up at two goals a side. The Sabres battled back late in the third creating scoring chances, but were not able to find the back of the net. “That was a big turn of events,” Tampa Bay’s coach Jon Cooper said. “The way it played out, that was a big momentum shift for us.” The Lightning rode their momentum into overtime, and got the game winner at 1:50 off the stick of Alex Killorn to improve their record to 2-1. The Sabres continue to struggle as their record falls to 0-3-1. The first period remained scoreless between these two teams, but there was no lack of excitement for the home crowd. Marcus Foligno made his presence felt early on in his season debut, laying down a crushing hit on Tampa Bay’s Valtteri Filppula, which led to a quick scrap with Radko Gudas that sent the pair tumbling to the ice. Steve Ott got involved in the action later on in the period, squaring off against Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman. The Sabres opened up the scoring midway through the second period on the power play. Cody Hodgson got a beautiful feed across the crease from Thomas Vanek, allowing him to slip it past Ben Bishop to put the Sabres up 1-0. This was Buffalo’s first successful power play of the season, as well as Cody Hodgson’s first goal of the season. Tampa Bay answered quickly with a goal just over two minutes later from the stick of Tyler Johnson. He snapped a quick wrister that beat Jhonas Enroth over the shoulder to give Tampa their first tally of the night. The Sabres would once again capitalize on their power play late in the second period to put them up 2-1. Jame McBain unleashed a powerful wrist-shot from the point that beat Tampa Bay’s netminder, earning his first goal of the season for the blue and gold. Jhonas Enroth looked solid in net for the Sabres despite giving up three goals. He finished the night with 31 saves and was awarded the third star of the game. Ron Rolston said after the game that Ryan Miller should be ready to go on Thursday as the Sabres take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at home. Lightning Overcome Deficit To Edge Sabres 3-2 In OT - Sabre Noise - Sabre Noise - A Buffalo Sabres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 14 hours ago
Actually we got a point. The shot totals on the season are 149 – 99 in favor of the opposition, and heading into tonight’s game against Tampa Bay (lost 23-34), it was -13.1 per game at even strength.  That is the story of the...
Actually we got a point. The shot totals on the season are 149 – 99 in favor of the opposition, and heading into tonight’s game against Tampa Bay (lost 23-34), it was -13.1 per game at even strength.  That is the story of the season and largely why the Sabres are struggling to score goals.  As you would expect from such a disproportionate number with such a small sample size, the Corsi numbers are monumentally horrible.  Christian Ehrhoff is the best regular at a +30.7 relative Corsi, and Rasmus Ristolainen the worst at -27.5.  It is also probably worth noting that only Johan Larsson has a positive Corsi On. Stars: Jamie McBain – Not much of a defensive player, but the goal and assist were nice. Jhonas Enroth - Another solid game all things considered. Thomas Vanek/Cody Hodgson – Two assists and six shots on goal for the latter. Unsung Hero: None. The Robert Wade Niedermayer Memorial Black Holes: Mike Weber – Just got played on the Lightning second goal.  Drifted out of position and got caught watching…just an awful piece of defending.  Wasn’t great on the OT winner either. Tyler Myers – Sigh… Drew Stafford – Getting pretty sick of dissecting his game every night and looking for positives. Unseen Goat: None - They’re all pretty visible goats right now. 2013-2014 Leaderboard (+3, +2, +1, +2 for Stars and USH, minus the same for Black Holes and USG) Brian Flynn +5 Thomas Vanek +5 Zemgus Girgensons +4 Jhonas Enroth +4 Ryan Miller +3 Christian Ehrhoff +3 Mark Pysyk +1 Jamie McBain +1 Ville Leino Rasmus Ristolainen Henrik Tallinder John Scott Mikhail Grigorenko Marcus Foligno Steve Ott -2 Kevin Porter -2 Cody McCormick -2 Patrick Kaleta -2 Tyler Ennis -4 Tyler Myers -5 Mike Weber -7 Drew Stafford -7 Cody Hodgson -7
about 15 hours ago
One of the storylines through the Sabres’ 0-3 start was the ineffective powerplay, which came in at sparkling 0-for-13 after three outings. They fixed it. But the win column… that remains uninhabited. Twice jumping out to one...
One of the storylines through the Sabres’ 0-3 start was the ineffective powerplay, which came in at sparkling 0-for-13 after three outings. They fixed it. But the win column… that remains uninhabited. Twice jumping out to one-goal leads thanks to the man-advantage, the Buffalo Sabres couldn’t close the deal thanks to a dubious tying goal in the third period and an overtime winner to Tampa’s Alex Killorn as the Lightning handed the home team a 3-2 defeat in extra time. Cody Hodgson and Jamie McBain both scored their first of the season for Buffalo, who drops to 0-3-1 on the young season. Both assisted on each other’s goals, while Thomas Vanek got helpers on both as well. What ended up being the turning point in the game was a confusing play in the third period. As Buffalo controlled the puck in the Tampa end, one of the officials raised their hand for a delayed penalty. Seconds later, McBain ripped a shot on goal that Vanek deflected past Tampa goalie Ben Bishop, but a whistle blew before the puck entered the net. Confusion reigned before Vanek was sent to the box for high-sticking, not only which should’ve stopped the play much earlier, but that replays indicated was an awful call. “I thought he was a little bit off today,” said Vanek, when asked about the officiating. “It happens. Too bad.” 22 seconds later, Lightning forward Teddy Purcell tied the game at 2-2, and the overtime result followed. Jhonas Enroth was solid in goal for the Sabres, stopping 31 shots as Ryan Miller remained sidelined with an injury. Our goal song is “Song 2″ by Blur. Uninspired but solid. I’m ok with it. Signature goal songs come when teams go on deep playoff runs. This team isn’t making one of those. Better than “Lonely Boy” at least. At some point we should really start getting concerned about Mikhail Grigorenko and his ability to develop in Buffalo. Playing him with John Scott and Patrick Kaleta isn’t helping anyone. In his season debut, I really liked what I saw out of Marcus Foligno. Threw some big hits early, including one on Valtteri Filppula that incited a fight between Foligno and the inexplicably named Radko Gudas. Disappointing to see him pass up the golden opportunity he had in the third period as he walked down the slot only to attempt to feed Drew Stafford at the goal mouth. Sometimes it’s better to be selfish. The Sabres game presentation department repeated the extended introduction from the home opener, minus the player intros. I can’t say enough about how the new equipment is improving the product, but they gotta cut it down a bit and rearrange it, because it doesn’t build up. They’re getting there. We’re close. I’m impressed that Steve Ott could even reach Victor Hedman’s head to get his helmet off during their fight. That’s a big dude. McBain had a hell of an outing, and certainly asserted himself in the lineup. Will be interesting to see who gets the boot if Tallinder comes back. I say if because there’s nothing saying he won’t be the odd man out. I don’t see Rasmus Ristolainen being the odd man out. He actually led both teams in TOI after one period, even though he ended at only 16:35. Seems to settle in more and more each game. Enroth has been really good in his two games, and hasn’t gotten the goal support he needs. I don’t think Rolston will hesitate to get him in early on (I bet he plays one of the back-to-back next week for sure) but if Miller plays well too, what’s he going to do? Lots of talk pregame from fans about the soft secondary ticket market. They announced 18,243, but there were probably only 16,000 in the building. Tickets on StubHub were being sold below $10 today. The organization has to do better to convince people to show up. 3MI Three Star Selections  1. Jamie McBain, Buffalo 2. Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo 3. Whoever scores the
about 16 hours ago
Wow, what a hockey game tonight in Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres for the first time this season came to play and it made a big difference. Right from the first shift the boys were flying and even Drew Stafford looked like a solid hockey pl...
Wow, what a hockey game tonight in Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres for the first time this season came to play and it made a big difference. Right from the first shift the boys were flying and even Drew Stafford looked like a solid hockey player. But because it’s the Buffalo Sabres they still managed to waste a fantastic game and are still win-less after 4 games. Despite the loss there were lots of positives to draw from this game. First and foremost the Sabres scored a powerplay goal, actually they scored two of them. Yes, you read that correctly the Buffalo Sabres scored two powerplay goals in one game. Another positive, the Sabres actually scored 2 goals tonight and they managed to wrestle a point out of tonight’s 3-2 OT loss. Here are our picks for the three-stars and a dud from tonight’s Buffalo Sabres game. Buffalo Sabres 3 Stars: Tampa Bay Lightning - Sabre Noise - Sabre Noise - A Buffalo Sabres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 16 hours ago
Welcome, Buffalo Sabres fans, to another installment in the Sabre Noise podcast series! In this episode, aptly named I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, I take a quick look back at the week that was – Week 1 of the Sabres’ 2013-2...
Welcome, Buffalo Sabres fans, to another installment in the Sabre Noise podcast series! In this episode, aptly named I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, I take a quick look back at the week that was – Week 1 of the Sabres’ 2013-2014 NHL season – and examine the three games that the Sabres have on their schedule for this week.  The team is off to a rough start – can they turn it around this week?  I give you my predictions! Also discussed: there are still a lot of questions that remain to be answered for this young, rough-around-the edges squad.  Which players are going to begin providing consistent scoring?  Can our goaltenders continue to erase a lot of the mistakes the defense is making, until the blueliners find their groove?  Who will be in goal this week?  And which line will Marcus Foligno wind up spending most of his time on, and what type of impact will he have? Lots of uncertainty, but there are silver linings to be found in the clouds! As always, thanks for listening!  Feel free to leave your comments below, and look out for next week’s question thread, in which I open the floor for comments and questions from YOU to be included in future podcasts!  Enjoy! http://sabrenoise.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/12/files/2013/10/Sabre-noise-podcast-5.mp3 Sabre Noise Podcast #5: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell - Sabre Noise - Sabre Noise - A Buffalo Sabres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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With the Buffalo Sabres set to kick off their second week of the new NHL season, it’s time to look back at the three stars from the first week of action. Despite the 0-3 start there has been some exciting action over the past week ...
With the Buffalo Sabres set to kick off their second week of the new NHL season, it’s time to look back at the three stars from the first week of action. Despite the 0-3 start there has been some exciting action over the past week and some players have stepped up. The Sabres began their regular season in Detroit on National television where they dropped a close 2-1 game. They then hosted the Senators at home, where they once again lost a close one-goal game. Finally they travelled to Pittsburgh and were soundly defeated 4-1 by a much superior Penguins team. Tonight week two begins as the Sabres take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in search for their first win of the young season. Can the Sabres get an early jump on the Lightning and earn their first W? It’s a new slate this week, but for now a stick tap to the three stars from last week. 3 Stars From the Buffalo Sabres Week 1 - Sabre Noise - Sabre Noise - A Buffalo Sabres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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The Buffalo Sabres are still looking for their first win of the 2013 season and they have three opportunities to do it in the upcoming week, including two in front of the home fans. Here's a look at upcoming schedule in the week ahead T...
The Buffalo Sabres are still looking for their first win of the 2013 season and they have three opportunities to do it in the upcoming week, including two in front of the home fans. Here's a look at upcoming schedule in the week ahead Tuesday October 8th vs. Tampa Bay The Tampa Bay are 1-1 on the short season and won their first game of the season on Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning have had a rough schedule to start the season with games against the Stanley Cup Finalists. They opened the season with a 3-1 loss to the Bruins and defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday. With the Lightning, the two players that always have to be watched are Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. Stamkos is still every bit as dangerous of a scorer and has 18 points in 19 career games against the Sabres. He has been held scoreless thus far, but it is only a matter of time that he'll find the back of the net. Martin St. Louis was named the captain of the team when Vincent Lecavalier was bought out by the team and has a goal and an assist on the young season. Thursday October 10th vs. Columbus These aren't your parents Blue Jackets as they have made some improvements over the last season or two. The team sits at 1-1 on the season and have far more scoring options than they have in year's past. Add to that a goaltender that can actually make saves in Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets aren't as easy of a push over as they have been in year's past. The top scorer for the Blue Jackets is Marian Gaborik, who was acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline last year. Gaborik scored 12 goals and 27 points in 47 games played last year. He already has one goal on the season which came against the Calgary Flames. Saturday October 12th at Chicago The Blackhawks are always a tough team to play against and that holds true when they play at home. A Saturday night crowd at the United Center should be one of the louder crowds to play against and the last time the Sabres ventured to Chicago it resulted in a 6-2 loss that came in the middle of a five game losing streak in 2011. You should know the names to watch in Chicago start with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. That duo accounted for 46 goals and 103 points in 47 games each last season. Kane already has two goals on the season while Toews only has one assist.
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