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Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 3:53 PM
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host / SLY NOTES
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SLY NOTES
OFF-DAY OBSERVATIONS
-I’ll start with a few follow up items from last week’s notes.  The few days in Florida were great, and were buoyed by two wins.   Many of you are probably heading there for the winter break that’s coming next week for most Western New York schools.  For those men that are, I offer this advice: keep your shirt on.  Of course if you’ve been doing P90X, then go for it, but otherwise buy a swim shirt. 

Tyler Myers
-I hope you caught the postgame interview with Tyler Myers following his OT winner against the Panthers.  It was interesting to hear him say that he had no idea how little time was left when he ripped the shot past Tomas Vokoun.  Tyler said he was just looking to get a shot on net for a rebound.  Even better, his dad was on the trip and got to enjoy the big moment with his son.  I just hope the next time I interview Myers after a game- winner, he takes his skates off.

-I know most teams do it now, but what a neat thing it is for players to bring their fathers on a road trip.  It’s special.  I won’t reveal too much due to that fact, but I will mention that I thought it was really cool that Jordan Leopold brought his grandfather on the trip. 

-It was great to meet some of you last Friday at Aces & Blades.  It was a great time, and I hope those that were playing Black Jack at my table made a nice donation back to the Sabres Foundation when they cashed in their winnings.  The pit boss was not happy with me.

On to hockey:

-What an incredible win Tuesday night in Montreal.  Jhonas Enroth was awesome and deserves his just desserts.  But credit is also due to Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht. Vanek made an incredible between the legs pass to Drew Stafford to get the Sabres back in it in the second period.  Vanek then continued his perfect season in the shootout with an easy-looking (I’m sure it wasn’t) blocker-side goal on Carey Price.  Jochen Hecht made a great pass from behind the net to Jason Pominville to tie the game in the third, and then buried the shootout-deciding goal in the 10th round. 

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
-Anyone who wasn’t a fan of the shootout had to be after Tuesday night’s display in Montreal.  It was compelling to see who was coming over the boards next for each team.  Add to that the anticipation that grows with each stride as the player heads in for his shot, the celebration after a score, or the dejection of being denied, and you can’t beat it for entertainment value.  It was awesome.  It reminded me of (this is where our editor, Rob, has to fact check again) a Sabres pre-season game a few years back in Hamilton vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The game went to a shootout and Clarke MacArthur scored the shootout-deciding goal in the 13th round.  (Editor’s Note: The shootout was decided in the 11th round of the preseason game between the Sabres and Penguins at Copps Coliseum on Sept. 23, 2006).

-Wednesday’s game against the Maple Leafs was a big downer after the win vs. the Habs, but give the Leafs credit.  They deserved the win.  Toronto was able to sustain the energy both teams displayed in the first period and capitalize on a few mistakes.  The Sabres were just a bit off, as close as Tyler Ennis’ crossbar miss in the first period.  Actually, that’s how close I think the game was.  If that shot is an inch lower, it’s in and I think Buffalo wins.  However, if ‘if’s’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, we’d all have a party.

-Enjoy Hockey Weekend Across America.

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