The Sabres won last night, though it still wasn’t pretty and took overtime and stupid penalties by the Thrasherjets to do it. So it pretty much ‘solves’ nothing about the Miller/Enroth debate. As I was watching the game last night, I think I came up with a good analogy for what is happening. It’s like when your boss retires, and some new guy comes in from another department to take over. You stop surfing the net, or goofing with your phone, or flirting with the hottie that sits a few cubes behind you. Look at ME, you are saying, this company is my LIFE.
But after a few weeks, you ease the throttle back a notch. Your work’s getting done, so there’s no harm in checking those NFL injury reports. You find yourself standing next to the hottie’s desk chatting away after you get coffee. It happens, you’re human. That’s where the Sabres are with Enroth, though. It’s still New Boss Mode. They sit up straight and pay attention for Jhonas in a way they don’t for Miller right now, and make no mistake, Miller needs the D to do just that. He needs to find his game, so they need to quit cheating, making bad passes, and generally expecting Miller to make the save. He isn’t right now, so they need to put their phones away, leave the hottie alone (she’s got a boyfriend anyway guys) and get to work. In the long run it’ll make them a better team when Ryan does get his game back on track.
As for the game last night, I missed the first period, and when I saw the score I thought “darn, I missed all the fun”. Yeah, not so much. Thomas Vanek scored twice (although the second one was ricocheting a goal in off him in his office), and Roy had two goals, including the one that tied the game late to send it to overtime. It was a penalty-filled affair, with the Jets taking some dumb penalties in particular. I thought Gerbe embellished to get the penalty in the OT. Pominville played half the game. A special nod to Gaustad for the super-sweet pass, and Cody McCormick for the epic bout with Tanner Glass. Commander Cody got cut, possibly by Glass hitting his helmet as Tanner had to ice his hand in the penalty box afterwards. Oh, and congratulations to Corey Tropp for his first NHL goal.
See you Friday when the Sens come to town. May be in the pressbox for that one.