Game 12: Snuffing Out The Flames

The Sabres closed out their homestand with a very nice 2-1 win against Calgary and it was a game they absolutely needed to have. Buffalo came into tonight’s game with a 1-3-0 record on their homestand and the team they were playing was a pretty bad team that just played a road game against the Red Wings the other day. Jhonas Enroth improved to 3-0-0 as a starter, stopping 29 of 30 shots in the win.

1st Period: You couldn’t play a much better period than the Sabres did. Every line, every pass, every little thing was clicking. They were only rewarded with only one goal, despite all those chances and three power play opportunities. The goal came from a bullet-shot from Drew Stafford after Sekera rushed the puck up the ice and drove to the net along with Leino to draw the Calgary back-checkers away from the shot. Buffalo’s power play was superb and probably got robbed of three or four goals. Henrik Karlsson was superb, stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first period. Not much you can do if you’re the Sabres. Stuff happens. Sometimes, you run into a hot goalie and that’s exactly what happened in the first. Ruff didn’t use the Ellis-McCormick-Tropp line much in the period, but Tropp and the rest of his line looked solid when they were out there.

2nd Period: More of the same occurred in this period. Calgary played a little better, but Buffalo was clearly the superior team again. The PK & Enroth came up big on a 5-0n-3 and had a nice kill at the end of the period as well. Vanek and Gerbe looked good killing penalties. Karlsson made some nice saves again to keep his team in it. There wasn’t any scoring though, so we had a 1-0 score going into the 3rd and the Sabres had a whopping 37 shots on goal through two periods.

3rd Period: Buffalo would finally get their 2nd goal of the game during this period on a fluky bounce of a Gragnani shot that redirected right to a wide-open Nathan Gerbe for the easy goal. Calgary would pull within one thanks to a point-shot that was tipped in by Alex Tanguay. The Sabres had a glorious 2-on-0 breakaway that was wasted because Leino telegraphed his pass and Stafford failed to get the puck back to Leino for the tap-in. The refs also blew a Pominville-goal dead because they deemed that Karlsson had the pucked covered. Fortunately, the missed chances didn’t end up costing them.

Here are my quick hits:

-Both goaltenders were outstanding. Calgary and Buffalo have bright futures in goal after the Kipper and Miller-eras are over.

-The power play looked MUCH better for the Sabres, even though they couldn’t score on it. Buffalo continued their penalty-killing prowess too.

-Can’t say that anyone had a bad game for Buffalo. Everyone looked good. Some players were better than others though.

-Ville Leino has quietly played very well his last two games. The points should be coming soon.

-Derek Roy can’t buy a goal, but he has been playing extremely well. Again the points should come.

-Stafford was all over the place tonight. Nice to see him put the puck in the net. It’s been awhile.

-Sekera-Myers was a phenomenal pairing. Both guys read each other well and played great in all three zones.

Scoring Summary:

Buffalo- Stafford (Roy, Sekera), Gerbe (Gragnani)

Calgary- Tanguay (Bouwmeester, Stajan)

Power Plays:

Buffalo- 0-for 3

Calgary- 0-for 3

Scoring Per Period

1

2

3

Buffalo  1 0  1
Calgary  0  0  1
Shots On Goal

1

2

3

Total

Buffalo  18  19  7  44
Calgary  8  9  13  30
Team Stats

Hits

Giveaways

Takeaways

Faceoffs Won

PIM

Buffalo  13  12  7  30  11
Calgary  10  11  6  31  11

Game Scoresheet

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