The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night in a shootout at the Air Canada Centre. The win brings Buffalo’s record to 4-9-2. The Sabres sit 14th in the East, one point ahead of the Devils.
Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek scored in the shootout while Jhonas Enroth stopped 4 of 5 Maple Leaf shooters. Former Sabre, Clarke MacArthur failed to score on Enroth, bringing his personal record to 0 for 9 on shootout attempts.
In the game Enroth stopped 23 of 25 shots. I’d say it was an all around solid game for a Sabres backup. Since Marty Biron left, the Sabres have had extreme difficulty getting wins out of backup goaltenders.
With the Sabres trailing 2-1 and the clock ticking down Jochen Hecht banged home a rebound to tie the game with 14 seconds left.
What I didn’t like:
1) The announcers had an easy time finding mistakes with Buffalo’s play. On one hand, it’s easy to take their record and subjectively point things out, but even taking this game on its own there seem to be many issues still present.
2) Lack of emotion of any kind during play. There were a couple scrums and a fight with Montador, but that was it. Lindy Ruff looks like he’s pouting in the corner.
3) Mistakes by our top defenseman. Shaone Morrisonn’s giveaway at the blue line led directly to a breakaway for Mikhail Grabovski.
What I liked:
1) 2 points. If the Sabres are going to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to find extra standing points in games like tonight’s.
2) Jhonas Enroth played well. The Sabres have had trouble getting wins with goalies other than Ryan Miller.
3) Jochen Hecht scored a key goal. The Sabres need contributions from Hecht. You don’t pay someone $5M to be a ‘good puck possession guy’.