The key to winning on the road is to play great defense and take advantage of your chances. The Sabres played great defense and had plenty of chances. They capitalized only once when Mike Grier scored the only goal to give the Sabres a 1-0 victory in Nashville.
The Sabres limited the Predators to 25 shots and Miller stopped all 25 to earn his first shutout of the season. Miller made some really good saves including a huge save on a shorthanded breakaway by Marcel Goc late in the third to keep the score tied 0-0.
The Grier goal was created by a great play by rookie forward Tim Kennedy. Kennedy was the Sabres best forward of the night with five shots on goal and a couple of real good scoring chances. The assist was the first point of his career for Kennedy. He figures to earn many more if he plays the way he did tonight.
Miller Stellar Again
I don't kow what else I can say about Ryan Miller so far this season. He has made save after save, inclding some outstanding stops on odd man rushes. Miller has allowed only three goals all season and that is including the controversila goal by Travis Moen in the first game. If you add in the great bounce Gionta got in the Sabres overtime loss and he has allowed almost nothing all season. It will be impossible for him to play this well all season but he gives the Sabres a chance in every game.
Rookies Shine For Sabres
It came right down to the wire for Tyler Myers and Tim Kennedy to earn their spot on the Sabres opening day roster and they have made Lindy Ruff look like a genius. Myers has not looked like a rookie at all. He earned the confidence of his teammates and coach and played 24:56 which led all players in this game. He had a couple of really nice plays and proved he wasn't afraid to pinch in from his point position when the opportunity arises.
Tim Kennedy was not to be outdone by Myers tonight. He may have been the best skater on the ice for either team tonight. Kennedy was making his presece felt all night with five shots on goal, some great scoring chances and relentless pressure to the net. He also proved that he isn't afraid to get dirty in front and earned a two minute roughing penalty in a scurmish with Francis Bouillon behind the Predators net.
Sekera Suffers Injury
Andrej Sekera left te game with an upper-body ijury that forced the Sabres to play the second half of the game with only five defensemen. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after the game "it looks like it's a significant injury, he is expected to miss some time". The injury to Sekera will free up a roster spot if Toni Lydman is able to return but it also means the Sabres will be without a player they are counting on this season.
Harry Neale Quote of The Game
It seemed that Harry was hungry tonight because he continued to make comments about the Predators All-you-can-eat zone.
Maybe the ran out of hot dogs in the all-you-can-eat zone
The fans in the all-you-can-eat zone were hoping this game would go to overtime
It was a boring game through two periods and that kept the comments to a minimum tonight. Bluecollarbuffalo almost kept pace with me but once again I led the way with comments.
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Comment of the Game
The best comment in the open thread came from bluecollarbuffalo...
The single coolest thing I’ve ever seen at a hockey game (at least the coolest thing that has nothing to do w/ hockey). I hope Larry Quinn is watching…..and hungry.
The Sabres will return home and take a couple of days off before they welcome the Western Conference Champion Detroit Red Wings to HSBC Arena on Tuesday night. The game will be televised on Versus so hopefully you don't have Direct TV.