Almost Immediate Reactions- Game 3
This playoff series was tied entering Game 3 in front of an HSBC Arena crowd (and plaza party partakers). Everyone arrived happy, and everyone left upset/angry/confused/stunned as the Flyers retook home ice advantage with a 4-2 victory good for a 2-1 series lead. Nathan Gerbe and Drew Stafford got the goals for the boys in blue, but it wasn’t enough as Nikolay Zherdev scored on a defensive lapse and Kimmo Timonen. Let’s dive in.
-The first period was OUTSTANDING. The building definitely gave the Sabres an energy boost…until Jeff Carter scored just under 5 minutes into the game. The Sabres need to capitalize on the energy withing the building and turn it into goals, and the sooner the better.
-Another area they need to work on are extended powerplays and 5-on-3 situations…COME ON. They went 1-5 on powerplays. They need to work on it and learn to capitalize on em. And personnel-wise, why is Paul Gaustad on powerplays? What happened to the units from the regular season?
-Welcome to the NHL Playoffs, Nathan Gerbe. You’re playing great right now. Your goal was amazing and your forechecking and hard-nosing the Flyer tough guys does NOT go unnoticed. Keep it up, #42.
-Speaking of forechecking, we looked outworked and bad on our forecheck. Especially one Tim Connolly. COME ON MAN, STEP YOUR GAME UP.
-Did I mention powerplays?
-I still loathe Danny Briere, in spite of his goal which brought back a memory of his time here in Buffalo.
Stat I Liked: Jordan Leopold 14:48 ice time. I was glad to see him back in the lineup for Andrej Sekera. Let Sekera heal up and then jumble the lineup again. And despite his -1, he played extremely well.
Stat I Disliked: 1-5 on the powerplay. Grrr…
Game Puck: Nathan Gerbe for a goal, Marc-Andre Gragnani for 2 assists and 23:51 ice time.
Lindy’s Doghouse: Anyone on the powerplay. I’ll beat the dead horse until something changes.
Game 4 is a must win. There’s no other way to spell it out. The team needs to capitalize on the energy and come out with a quick goal or two. And please, just for me, KEEP BRIERE OFF THE SCORE SHEET.
Game 4 is Wednesday (4/20) at 7:30pm. I will be in attendance at the Party in the Plaza, so if you can find me, I’ll sign something for you (if you want).
LET’S GO SABRES!