Jeckyll & Hyde Sabres
I asked a number of players after the game what happened in the locker room between the second and third periods of Friday night’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins. How do you explain how a team that played its worst period of hockey this season suddenly came out and played perhaps its best?
The players insist nothing much was said. They say they just quietly reassed what they needed to do and why they weren’t doing it. Well then, OK. If that works for them, keep doing it.
After being thoroughly outplayed and outshot 17-6 during the second period the Sabres turned the tables on the Bruins and limited the Bruins to just three shots while scoring three times to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win. A win the Sabres sorely needed and it comes against one of this season’s best hockey teams. The Bruins have just two regulation losses this season and both came against the Sabres. Go figure.
Drew Stafford scored his first goal of the season. Tyler Myers scored for the first time since the season opener and set up another. Christian Ehrhoff scored the game winner and Ryan Miller stopped 30 of 32 shots, some of them spectacular. Give Miller credit for keeping the Sabres in the game until the guys in front of him got their heads screwed on straight.
The Sabres play a nationally televised game on NBC Sunday at 12:30 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.