Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sabres don't stop Ovechkin

The Sabres were unable to stop Alex Ovechkin, and as a result lost the game 3-1. Not having either Tallinder nor Hecht in the lineup may have had something to do with that, but the good news is that Hecht at least is expected to be back by Saturday. The bad news is that the Sabres are running out of time.

Lydman and Kalinin were both minus three for the game, and probably need to be repaired until Tallinder comes back as that obviously wasn't working. Kotalik had a good game with the Sabres only goal, and none against while he was on the ice.

The Sabres did score a second goal in the game, but it was discounted for unknown reasons. Still with the sloppy play the Sabres had they didn't deserve to win. Buffalo gave up three breakaways in the first period, while Miller got the first two, thats not the best way to go about winning a game. On the other end of the ice Kolzig played very well for the Capitals, limiting Buffalo's chances (although Pominville looked good).

If Hecht is given the assistant captain role when he comes back (no reason to think this won't happen) then that should take some of the burden off of Pominville. He's a good player, but I'm not quite sure he is ready to be the teams leader. Afinogenov had the puck alot this game, but didn't do too much with it. After playing so well against the Flyers, Max looked to be trying too much, and not dishing off the opportunities quick enough this game.

Backstrom looked good for the Capitals, and should give Kane and Toews a run for rookie of the year honours. Buffalo's next game is Saturday against Carolina.

Official Three Stars
  • Alexander Ovechkin
  • Nicklas Backstrom
  • Maxim Afinogenov

  • My Three Stars
  • Alexander Ovechkin (two goals, plus three)
  • Olaf Kolzig (only one goal against, saved 96% of shots)
  • Nicklas Backstrom (one goal, one assist, plus three)
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