Are the Sabres really as good as they looked last night? Did getting two NHL players back in the lineup (even ones derided as much as Boyes) make that much of a difference? Or were the Capitals really playing that poorly? I’m inclined to think the latter, and I only heard the first period on the radio and watched the other two. There was a lot of cruising around by Caps players, and Buffalo could consistenly break out of their zone and gain entrance on the offensive side. For any of us that have watched Sabres games this year, you know it hasn’t been THAT hard to stop ’em from doing that.
Christian Ehrhoff did some great work last night. Scored what turned out to be the game winner, blocked four shots, had some other solid defensive plays. Robyn Regehr frustrated Ovechkin quite a bit, including that hard hit behind the net. Though my favorite ‘hit’ on Ovi is when he ran into Kassian and went flying backwards right along with him. I’d like to give a shout out to Roy also, 21 minutes of ice time, had a point, won 65% of his faceoffs.
Michal Neuvirth deserves ‘special’ recognition for being terrible, letting in 3 goals on 6 shots, none of which was some amazing, unstoppable shot. He had nothing last night, not sure if it could be fatigue since there was that whole Christmas break thing. On the other hand, it was Miller’s sixth straight start, and it was his best in that stretch, with both goals scored on him due to a screen in front. The first might’ve even been goalie interference.
The rest of the week is busy for Buffalo, as they play the Devils tomorrow in Jersey, then go to Washington for these same Caps for Friday. Saturday (Tux and Pucks) they return home for the Senators. Enroth one of those games if Lindy still has ‘The Schedule’ going. Might try for a press pass for Saturday depending on what ends up happening for New Year’s Eve. We don’t usually go out.