Paul Gaustad has taken a ton of flack, really dating back to the end of last year, for not contributing more on the score sheet. Last night had to be pretty satisfying then, as the Goose made some plays (and got a lucky bounce of Dan Boyle’s melon) including keeping a close eye on Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley (combined -6 on 4 shots). Thomas Vanek continued his dominance, scoring 2 and very nearly netting a third. Jason Pominville even scored on a shorthanded break. A lot of positives, even if they kept letting the Sharks back in.
I have to say, I’m impressed with Logan Couture. He’s putting up Calder trophy numbers, including 6 goals in his last 5 games. I remember hearing his name 10 times before I heard Heatley’s. I actually forgot Dany-boy played for the Sharks for the first 10 minutes or so of the game. A great win for the home fans. The Sabres are 6-2 in their last 8 home games, by the way, with wins over Washington, Vancouver and LA.