The Sabres beat the Caps to improve to 2-0-1 in the pre-season.
Chris Butler's big shot from the blueline was tipped in, once again, this time by Stafford.
Patty Kaleta was absolutely FLYING out there tonight. He was hitting, blocking shots, nine(!) to be exact, and even scored a goal, just 11 seconds after the first goal by Stafford.
Patty Lalime wasn't really tested too much, he faced 20 shots, stopped 19. The story of the game was defense and penalty killing. The Sabres managed to limit the shot-happy Washington Capitals to just one shot on a five minute major penalty to Goose. Who was FRAMED, btw.
However, there was one huuuuuuge save Patty made. Unfortunately, Weber had a terrrrrrible turnover that handed the puck to Matt Bradley alone in the slot and Patty had to come up absolutely huge to make that save.
Basically, Weber has made a few too many costly mistakes these pre-season and he's going to be heading down to Portland. With competition as high as it is, Doof basically needed to be more than just good, he needed to be fantastic to make this squad. He was not fantastic. To Portland he goes. He is incredibly frustrating and I'm sure he's frustrated as well. He still managed 22 shifts and 20:06 in ice time, in spite of his paralyzingly bad turnover.
Myers and Butler looked pretty good. Sir Christopher looked especially good in his own zone, which is pretty darn important considering that's, ya know, his job.
Timmy wore the C, Goose and Vanek had the As. Goose wasn't very captainly with his 17 minutes of penalties, including the 5 minute major. He also saw only 9:26 of ice time. Yeesh.
I know its only pre-season, but tonight's game felt good.
Next pre-season game is Wednesday at home against Toronto.
If you're going to the game, I'll see ya there! Tickets are only $20, 50% off for kids 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. Go here. And use the code "tweet" to make all ticket prices either $20 or $15. Its a good deal, use it.
Let's Go Buff-a-lo!