Saturday, February 2, 2008

Sabres get a new rival

I don't recall the Sabres ever having a rivalry with the Atlanta Thrashers, but after an overtime loss there appears to be one now. As Paille said during intermission, these two teams did not like each other. The previous games against Atlanta this season resulted in 6-0 and 10-1 wins for the Sabres along with a 4-2 loss. However still bitter from the crushing that was handed to them in the last meeting the Thrashers clawed their way back into this game to get the last minute victory.

The Sabres actually played really well this game, but could have done better in the first, and had the refs against them all game long. The Sabres are also in deeper trouble with injuries. Goalie Ryan Miller didn't return for the third period, and without Biron as a backup this could really hurt the Sabres if he can't return soon. Also Adam Mair got an injury, while Afinogenov failed to return to the lineup as was expected.

The Sabres played great in the OT killing off around three minutes of penalties. In the shootout Thibault held his own, only allowing one goal on four chances. However the problem was with Buffalo's shooters who all failed to score. Why they are still trying Vanek (even as a fourth) is beyond me.

Official Three Stars
  • Tobias Enstrom
  • Marian Hossa
  • Robert Holik

  • My Three Stars
  • Tobias Enstrom (actually shot the puck)
  • Derek Roy (almost good enough to win the game by himself)
  • Robert Holik (one goal, one assist)
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