Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday in Review

Tonight's Three Stars

1. Daniel Briere - 2 G, 1 A, +2, 5 SOG
2. Jaromir Jagr - 1 G, 2 A, 25:58 TOI
3. Teppo Numminen - 25:04 TOI

Game Thoughts
* Buffalo avoids their second loss of the year, coming back from two goals down and winning in OT.
* This is the 5th time they have come back to win from two goals down and an NHL record eighth straight road win to start the year (credit to Garth at hockeybuzz for those stats)
* Jagr played great before leaving with a shoulder injury in the third. It was the same shoulder that his injured last Spring which has to be a concern for the Rangers. According to the AP story he said he was "fine" after the game
* Briere stepped up in a big way to with their leading scorer out of the lineup
* Winger Drew Stafford played his first NHL game for Buffalo and setup Briere for the OT winner. Daniel Paille was also called up and played in his first of the season.
* Numminen gets the third star tonight - he's such an underrated member of this team and a guy who has really been underrated his whole career despite almost 1250 games and 600 points. At age 38 he can still log major minutes and is consistently in right position
* Thomas Vanek continued his hot start with goal #8. At this point in his career it looks like Vanek is further along in his development than Zherdev, who was drafted one spot ahead of him - despite the fact that Zherdev has been in the league for an extra season
* Another one of Buffalo's great young players Jason Pominville scored #9, which gives him half of last year's total already
* In the second period there was a parade to the penalty box for the Sabres, and New York took full advantage, scoring three times with the man advantage
* Prucha was hurt but later returned to the game wearing a face shield
* Kevin Weekes started his third straight but took the loss. The Rangers need to get consistent goaltending if they are going to contend for a playoff spot. Lundqvist should get the next start and will need a strong performance to help re-establish his position as the undisputed #1
* Shanahan, Cullen, Ward and Tyutin were on for all three of Buffalo's even-strength goals
* Nylander played a strong game, putting up a goal and an assist and firing 8 shots on goal. He is another player who is underrated - partially because he has spent most of his career on weak teams
* Every Sabre played at least 11 minutes which shows what great depth they have even with Afinogenov out and after losing Dumont, Grier, Pyatt, McKee and Connolly (who is still with the team but may never play again unfortunately)

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