I attended my first Sabres game of the season last night and I must say, I am glad I did. The game as a whole was not all that interesting but the 10 round shoot out was great! There was one moment in the second period when the crowd irrupted in boo’s because of a no-goal situation, Buffalo is extremely familiar with those. Now being at the game the ref’s do not tell you why the goal was called off so needless to say we were not very happy fans. Now that I read that the goal was called off because of a delayed penalty, I can understand the problem, even though it still hurt. Now on to the game.
Buffalo and Ottawa have had their share of wild games. One can look back at 2006 when Jason Pominville scored an awesome OT goal in the playoffs to win the series over Ottawa, something we were very happy about. Then we can look back at 2007, the Buffalo/Ottawa Brawl Game, when everyone on the ice, including the goalies, as well as the coaches got into fights. Again, very cool! This game, however, was not real exciting, except for the fact that we beat Ottawa, which is never easy for us.
Ryan Miller was again superb in net for Buffalo and made some great saves to keep us in the game, especially in overtime. Buffalo had some decent scoring chances throughout the game but for the majority of the game, they just had a hard time getting their game set up and just didn’t have enough solid chances to score.
As in typical Buffalo fashion, Ottawa was able to get on the board first, in the first period, with a goal by Milan Michalek, his 5th of the season.
Buffalo scored close to halfway through the 2nd period to tie the game at 1. Zemgus Girgensons scored his 3rd of the season, and second in two games, to help Buffalo get back in the game. It was kind of a weird goal as a Ottawa player was trying to tap the puck to goalie Robin Lehner and Lehner just misplayed the puck and it went in. Then came the no-goal and this set Buffalo back a little bit and they managed to finish the second period still tied.
The third and overtime were rather uneventful and we got to go to a shootout, which personally I love but am always nervous about. Shoot out results are as follows:
Moulson- Score Karlsson- No Goal
Ennis- No Goal Zibanejad- Score
Hodgson- No Goal Spezza- No Goal
Stafford- No Goal Ryan- No Goal
Adam- No Goal Conacher- No Goal
Flynn- Score Turris- Score
Ott- Score Michalek- Score
D’Agostini- No Goal Wiercioch- No Goal
Foligno- No Goal MacArthur- No Goal
Girgensons- Score and Winner Condra- No Goal
This win was only Buffalo’s 2nd in 10 games and they hope to carry the momentum to Ottawa where we play on Thursday in the second game of the home and home series.