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SABRES/BLUE JACKETS NOTEBOOK: JANUARY 18

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 10:52 PM / News
By Joe Ray  - Digital Content Intern
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SABRES\/BLUE JACKETS NOTEBOOK: JANUARY 18
Tyler Myers entered Saturday night with 299 career games played with the Buffalo Sabres. Game number 300 provided plenty of highlights from the towering defenseman. Myers opened the scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets just 59 seconds into the game. Left wing Matt Moulson fed a beautiful pass through two Columbus defenders to Myers, who put the puck over the blocker of Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.\r\n

Tyler Myers entered Saturday night with 299 career games played with the Buffalo Sabres. Game number 300 provided plenty of highlights from the towering defenseman.

Myers opened the scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets just 59 seconds into the game. Left wing Matt Moulson fed a beautiful pass through two Columbus defenders to Myers, who put the puck over the blocker of Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

Myers also came up huge for the Sabres late in the game, scoring the game-tying goal with 25 seconds remaining to force overtime. Like the first goal, Myers scored by cutting to the net and being available for a great pass from a teammate.

“I thought both of my goals were really nice looks by Matty and Cody, they were really nice passes and fortunately they went in,” Myers said.

Throughout the game, Myers fed off the energy of scoring that first goal, and appeared very confident with the puck. This was especially true on the power play, where Myers and Christian Ehrhoff helped Buffalo generate numerous quality scoring chances, including Myers’ second goal.

Confidence is an area of Myers’ game that he has been working on since the offseason. Now with seven points (4+3) in his last 15 games, Myers is picking up his offensive play as the season moves forward.

Still, the development from a mental standpoint has been an ongoing process throughout the season for Myers. Continuing to play like he did against Columbus is the key moving forward.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of focusing on this game or one game in particular,” Myers said. “I’ve had a lot of help along the way this year, a lot of people I could be thanking. It’s just a matter of trying to keep improving, not only in games, but trying new things in practice when I have the chance and get the opportunity to kind of show myself that I am capable of doing things like that and, you know, rediscovering my game again.

“I think I’m heading in a great direction right now, and it’s just a matter of building off of it and trying to keep going.”

Defensively, the Sabres still had a couple of lapses that hindered their performance. Myers was on the ice for two of Columbus’ three goals, and he acknowledged the ability to get better in that end moving forward.

“As a group, we’ve been doing a lot better job of playing the same way throughout a 60-minute game. We still have a lot of lapses, but you can tell there is a huge difference to where we were even a month ago, even two weeks ago. I think we’re getting better and better at our consistency and it’s just a matter of sticking with it.”


Like his brother, Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno, Marcus Foligno is known for contributing hard hits and gritty play for the Sabres. Against Columbus, Marcus set a personal season-high with eight hits.

Foligno previously had seven hits in two separate games: Oct. 8 versus Tampa Bay, and Nov. 8 against Anaheim. With his performance tonight, Foligno is now second on the Sabres in hits behind Steve Ott.

The season-high for Foligno comes one game after Zemgus Girgensons registered a personal season-high with 13 hits in a shootout loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82