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Sabres vs. Lightning 11/20/10 Postmortem November 20, 2010

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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After a very good game last night, let’s see how the guys come back tonight. Lalime is in net – apparently Miller is once again day to day with a lower body injury.

Liked:

  • What a shot by Vanek.
  • The ability of hockey players to stickhandle on their knees never ceases to amaze me.
  • What a save by Lalime on Stamkos at the end of that power play. It gives me faith. It does.
  • Montador and Leopold both have a very good first pass out of the defensive zone.
  • Nice shot, Pat Kaleta. Didn’t score, but it was a nice shot.

Didn’t like:

  • Poor Pominville can’t buy a goal these days.
  • Lazy penalty, Vanek. I’d like to see some stats about how many hooking penalties Vanek takes versus the other forwards. I think he takes significantly more than other forwards do. Anyone want to argue with me? Feel free to do so in the comments.
  • And an egregious giveaway by Connolly leads to Tampa Bay’s first goal. Connolly’s in a contract year, right? So he’ll be a UFA and we can finally get rid of him? *dancing a jig*
  • Aw, and then Connolly gets a goal disallowed. Bad Pommer, bad!
  • The Sabres are having an awful lot of trouble keeping Tampa Bay out of their zone in the second period. This does not bode well.
  • Aaannndddd those good feelings about Lalime are gone. WOW. How did that puck go in?
  • Memo to Paul Gaustad: Just because you played a great game last night does NOT mean you can take three penalties (through two periods so far) in tonight’s game. DO YOU HEAR ME? STOP IT!!!!
  • If that Hall goal ends up being the GWG I’m going to have a bad headache. From banging my head on the wall. Repeatedly.

Final score: Sabres  1 Lightning  2

And I really wonder what Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier will think about this game. You can blame Lalime for that horrible goal, but the rest of the team didn’t score goals. Lalime can’t score goals, people. He only let in two – you can’t put the entire loss on him, IMO.

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1. Nick - November 21, 2010

Vanek’s effort come sin little bursts. He just worked to pull away from some D-guys and score a goal, so he was between bursts when he started getting outraced and he hooked the guy.

Unfortunately you just can’t count on consistency out of Vanek. That’s too bad, considering the price the Sabres pay.

2. Richard - November 20, 2010

Lalime played a good game except for one terrible mistake. The others made mistakes all night long. Goose is finally playing up to his size, with a little edge. Too many turnovers but both teams turned the puck over. Sabres could not control the play in the Tampa Bay end enough. If they had, they probably would have won.


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