Sabres-Habs Post Game Thoughts and Observations


The Buffalo Sabres opened their 2009-10 regular season schedule last night versus the Montreal Canadiens. Though the score showed only three goals scored between the two teams, there was much more substance inside the game that was worth watching.

Take for instance 19-year-old Tyler Myers. Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff openly admitted how “surprised” he was at Myers progression.the kid was no disappointment last night in his first regular season NHL game either.

Myers shows a tremendous amount of poise and skill for such a young player, and is making the decision to only keep him with Buffalo for the allotted nine games before returning to junior even more difficult for the Sabres staff.

Carey Price is another example of the  substance within the game. Though the Canadiens I think will have some major struggles generating offense, Price is showing that he is back to pre-all star form,while throwing his middle finger up to all who doubted him for almost a year.

His team has been out shot almost 2-1 in the first two games of the regular season, and without Price in the net Montreal would still be looking for their fist win of the season.

Lindy Ruff has made a difficult decision to move center Tim Conolly off the center position, and has him on the wing with Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek.

Ruff decided before the season second year pro Tim Kennedy had done enough in the preseason to earn a roster spot on the team, and center the second line with Jason Pominville and Clarke Macarthur on the wings. The interesting tidbit to that is Connolly is a center and Kennedy is a natural winger.How will this play out for the entire season?

Injuries. We all know injuries are part of the game but they seem to be big problem early in the season for the Habs. Montreal’s best defense men Andrei Markov was injured in game one when he severely lacerated a tendon in his leg.

Last night the Habs acquired two more injuries as forward Glenn Metropolit left the game early with an injury and blue liner Ryan O’Byrne was injured as well. The extent of those two injuries were not known at this time. But Montreal fans have to be praying they are not long term.

The line of Gionta, Gomez, and Cammalleri are going to be Montreal’s best chance of putting up big numbers for this team. If they fail this could be a long season for Canadiens fans everywhere. There is a lot of money stockpiled into these three and the offense created so far has been minimal.

In the end Montreal found a way to win this game last night and Buffalo again found a way to lose. Weather Gionta scores a fluke goal or not Buffalo need to learn the art of finishing off opponents, rather than letting them hang around in the game.

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