Ok, this is my first post in a very VERY long time, so let me shake off some rust.
The Winter Classic aside, this last game against the Senators has been the first time I've liked what I've seen on the ice in a long time. Yes, the Sabres did lose when they had many chances to take this game and Vanek and Pominville are still struggling to finish easy chances. But Pommer did get the primary assist on the goal by Macarthur and Vanek eventually did score in the shootout with a lot of pressure on him. But on top of that shootout goal, Vanek put himself in good positions to score throughout the game. He is too talented to keep struggling, his finish will come in time. Keep in mind this is still only his third year in the league.
The Sabres were without their two top centers in Roy and Connolly, a major talent in Afinogenov, Miller had the night off, and Spacek was out for more than 25 minutes (the third period then OT). So congratulations to the Senators for winning a game they should have, but KUDOS to the Sabres for coming back from a two goal deficit and taking the Sens into extra rounds in the shootout. And besides Alfie's short handed goal, the big three were pretty silent. When was the last time Heatly didn't score against the Sabres?
I don't know how any Sabres fans can feel bad about the team after this game. And watch out New Jersey, Roy and Connolly could be back and this team is close to an explosion. Saturday night is going to be a great game.
Plus, how about Gaustad going at it with Neil. To be honest i was surprised because Neil likes to fight players who aren't relly know for fighting, and it showed. Neil got his in early, but Gaustad came back late.