Montreal Defeats Buffalo in a Shootout

P.K Subban celebrates after the shootout victory with teammate P.A Parenteau.  Parenteau scored the game winning shootout goal.

P.K Subban celebrates after the shootout victory with teammate P.A Parenteau.  Parenteau scored the game winning shootout goal.

The Buffalo Sabres suffered a competitive shootout loss the Montreal Canadiens in front of 17,837 fans Wednesday night at the First Niagara Center.  One could make the argument that Montreal, not Buffalo, had the home ice advantage as red sweaters seemingly filled the lower bowl.  The crowd was dull until the third period, when entertaining action finally began as P.A Parenteau scored just nineteen seconds after puck drop.  Just three minutes later, Drew Stafford followed up with a powerplay goal.  Stafford has the only powerplay goals (2) for Buffalo this season.

Locked at one a piece after three periods, the Sabres went back to overtimeland to see Michael Neuvirth stand on his head.  Neuvirth made thirty-one saves throughout the evening and was at his best during the extra frame.  In the shootout, Dustin Tokarski outdueled Neuvirth to stop the Candadiens’ three game losing skid.  Ted Nolan wasn’t particularly thrilled with how the game ended, but did sound encouraged of the overall performance.

"The one thing about shootouts, those things are skill competitions, and sometimes you win them, sometimes you don't. But the effort tonight I thought was really good."

I’ll go right ahead and agree with Nolan.  I was encouraged by how the team played.  The compete level was and has been much higher than it was to start the season.  After starting the season at a 1-7 clip, Buffalo has slowly turned things around are a much more competitive 2-2-2 in their last six games.  Better play at home has also been a relief to ticket paying fans after a dismal beginning.  This is how the team should be playing and I am comfortable with these types of performances.  Maybe Ted Nolan did have a “grace period” with these players. 

Buffalo will continue their homestand vs Edmonton Friday night followed by Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

The Sabres will meet Montreal in a back to back home/away set Friday November 28th and 29th.    

Current Sabres captain Brian Gionta was also the captain of the Montreal Canadiens during his tenure in Montreal.  He is one of only two American captains in the 100+ year franchise history of Montreal.  Chris Chelios was the other.  

Current Sabres captain Brian Gionta was also the captain of the Montreal Canadiens during his tenure in Montreal.  He is one of only two American captains in the 100+ year franchise history of Montreal.  Chris Chelios was the other.  

Here is a 3 Up 3 Down that are probably utter overreactions.

3 Up

1.  Neuvirth—Has been excellent.  Enroth has been no slouch but it appears that Neuvirth has some serious potential here.  Let’s see if he can continue. 

2.  Brian Flynn – Not sure why he was scratched at the beginning of the year.  He provides a spark to the 4th line.  Complete game.

3.  Torrey Mitchell – He has stood out to me lately.  Compete.

3 Down

1.  Chris Stewart – Some games he brings it and others he does not.  Last night was not one of those games. 

2.  Marcus Foligno – Has not been missed since his injury.  I’ll likely refute this statement soon.

3.  Andrej Mezaros - He was not good last night.  Not good at all.