…and throw in Connolly and Gaustad too. These guys came up huge for Buffalo tonight. The scoring forwards were quiet, but the tough guys and agitators did their work (though with a few too many penalties). However, they were also instrumental in killing those penalties, and when the shot got through, Miller was dynamite. A road win in a tough building against the 2 seed. Not pretty, but it still puts them up one game to none. James Van Riemsdyk was a beast for the Flyers, but the top line players on both sides couldn’t get much traction. Mike Grier may be glacier-slow, but he still hits like a ton of bricks, and he had some solid shots. Love that the boys stood in against the Flyers in that regard and gave some back.
Steve Montador, now there’s a problem. He took some bad penalties and at times was not in the right place. Sekera should be back soon, but that still leaves Morrisonn in there, who is pretty unnecessary with Weber playing decent. Still, it’s hard to fault the D too much when you win 1-0. The PK was superb, pressuring the guy with the puck and forcing the pass, but not getting too far out of position to do so. I can’t wait for game 2. SATURDAY WHERE ARE YOU? (yes, I know it’s after Friday before you say anything)