Immediate reactions: Bruins 5, Sabres 2
blog by Ryan Nagelhout • October 23, 2013 @ 11:01pm
Game One of the World Series was played in Boston on Wednesday night, so the Bruins were exiled to Buffalo to dominate the world’s most pathetic game of follow the leader.
Watching Sabres/Bruins tilts over the last two years only serves as a reminder of every mistake Buffalo has made in an attempt to be better than the Boston Bruins. A lukewarm 5-2 loss to the Bruins isn’t as upsetting as the overall state of the Sabres, a condition which the Bruins—one player in particular—are directly responsible for. Milan Lucic hit Ryan Miller on Nov. 12, 2011. Everything unraveled from there.
The Sabres chased toughness the next summer, and now Steve Ott is on their top scoring line, John Scott has a team-issued jersey, and we’re stuck enduring the antics of a mostly-useless Patrick Kaleta. In trying to beat the Bruins, they’ve only succeeded in making sure they get beat by everyone else. These Bruins games aren’t benchmarks for progress, but a reminder of how petty and stupid the foundation of this team’s retooling effort really is.
It’s tough to judge a “rebuild” 11 games in, but it’s even tougher to feel good about one based on a shaky premise. The chase to be the Bruins has led them nowhere. It’s made them worse, really. Lucic hitting Miller isn’t the reason the Sabres are terrible this season. It sure pushed them down the path to suffering, though. We haven’t even reached a dozen games in this season. How much longer before the foundation starts cracking?
Fresh Hot Takes
— I listened to every Radiohead album ever made on YouTube today. With so much of the stuff we like so easy to come by, why do we worry about the things we dislike? Why do we bother with things that are not fun?
— It was good to see Nikita Zadorov get his first goal on a weird backhand. Better than scoring with your backside, like Marcus Foligno. Probably bodes well for the rest of his career.
— It’s entirely too fitting that Milan Lucic scored twice against the Sabres. It’s even more fitting that Jarome Iginla plays a regular shift with him. Unimaginable to a Sabres fan that a guy who can play tough can also be an offensive contributor on a hockey team. Lucic is a great example of an archetype the Sabres have been chasing since he biffed Miller in the faceoff circle. No one is close to him. It’s sort of driving this franchise insane.
— If you’re looking for any sort of encouragement, the Sabres had a chance to win after the second intermission. Winning after being down a goal against a superior opponent is a great way to build some confidence and pull out some points. Instead, the game was over four minutes into the third.
— I didn’t do postgame because I wasn’t going to miss Game One of the World Series for this mess, but I can’t imagine Ron Rolston was in a great mood after this one. Then again, it’s difficult to tell with him. He might have been in a great mood. It’s all the same, really. That could be a good attribute if the whole season goes like this.
Hot Twitter Takes of the Game
The ecstasy of a teenager scoring his first goal, the agony of watching your team's lunkhead elbow another team's skill player in the face.— Beardo (@Mechaphil) October 24, 2013
if i were Ryan Miller, i would be doing the Miroslav Satan “call me and get me outta here” move every time i made a save.— LeatherfAce (@SuicidePass) October 24, 2013
THE ARENA LOOKS SO SAD RIGHT NOW.— Shelby Griswold (@captainvantrapp) October 24, 2013
Hit of the Night
John Scott fought a dude, I guess. Let’s say that’s it.
Scratch of the Game
Jamie McBain, Sabres — Still no Bain mask. No love from me.
Hero Villain of the Night
Dan Paille — The former Sabre is from Welland, which is actually closer to my house than East Aurora. Have you ever driven down the 400 late at night and thought to yourself, “What the hell am I doing with my life?” Me either.
Did you know? Dan Paille was traded for a third-round pick that became Kevin Sundher. Apparently the half-life of a draft pick is about seven years.
Stat-line I liked:
1 goal, Nikita Zadorov
— He was a -1, though. What a jerk.
Stat-line I didn’t like:
— That’s how many shots Miller has faced this season. ARE YOU TRYING TO PUSH HIM AWAY, SABRES?!?
Friday (10/25) at Florida. I think it’s best they leave town for a bit.
(Photo via Bill Wippert at Sabres Facebook)