Almost Immediate Reactions- Game 5
THAT is what Playoff Hockey is all about.
After blowing a 3 goal first period lead, the boys in blue rallied, and thanks to Ennis the Menace (Tyler Ennis, for those of you new to Buffalo hockey), are going home with a 4-3 OT victory and a 3-2 series lead. Easter Sunday now becomes opportunity number 1 to move onto the second round. Ennis, Thomas Vanek, and Marc-Andre Gragnani scored. Gragnani’s goal makes him the leading scorer on our team in the postseason, with 5 points in 5 games. And let’s not forget about The Man, The Myth, The Miller, who made 36 saves throughout the game and overtime. On the flip side, Brian Boucher got yanked after giving up Gragnani’s goal in favor of former Sabre Michael Leighton (look it up, it’s true!)
-Jason Pominville will most likely miss game 6 with a “lower body injury.” WGR’s Paul Hamilton says that it’s a deep cut on the back of his leg, and Lindy Ruff says “it’s not looking good.”
-Michael Leighton played in 1 game in the regular season, after garnishing a 2 yr deal last offseason. The goaltender roulette in Philly is so amusing to watch.
-I’m never going to judge Chris Butler again. He’s stunned me with his great postseason play. He finished second on the team in time on ice with 26:34. He continues to average at least 19 minutes on the ice. In spite of a couple miscues leading to goals (twice, both leading to goals by he-who-will-not-be-spoken-of-in-this-blog), he’s played well.
-Marc-Andre Gragnani should never play in Portland again. He’s leading the team in points this postseason, and he’s playing great defense alongside whoever he gets paired with (most recently Steve Montador). His goal tonight was beautiful, and his defensive play was outstanding.
Stat I Liked: Tyler Ennis: 2 goals. Ennis the Menace is growing up right before our eyes.
Stat I Disliked: 0 goals in the final 2 periods. I’m nit picking, but it’s true. After the first period, they sat back and were complacent. It wouldn’t have gotten to OT had someone scored sooner.
Game Puck: Tie between Ennis and Tyler Myers, who led the team with 27:48 time on ice, and had an assist. The Two Tylers played amazing.
Lindy’s Doghouse: Brad Boyes. Seriously, score a goal, get an assist, SOMETHING.
Lastly, I wasn’t at game 4, I WILL BE AT GAME 6. The order of events: wake up Easter morning, find basket, laugh, pictures, brunch, Party in the Plaza, dinner. Tweet or text me, and I promise to sign something this time.
Game 6 is Sunday (4/24) at 3pm. It is an NBC game, so “turn down your televisions and turn up Rick and Harry” (WGR would want me to quote it).
One more win, and we’re onto the final 4 in the East. LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!!!