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Sabres 3 Rangers 2: Kaleta Has Career Night to Lift Sabres Over Rangers

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There is no need for a full recap because you have already read that elsewhere. I had every intention of getting a post up late last night but I fell asleep while watching the game. I won't bore you with a full recap but I wanted to share a couple of bullet points and of course the highlights.

The Sabres came out of the gate with a purpose and scored the all important first goal of the game. Unfortunately they found themselves in penalty trouble and the Rangers climbed back in and actually took the lead in the game. Who would have thought that Patrick Kaleta would be the hero with two goals, including a shorthanded goal that is usually reserved for a sniper and not a grinder.

  • The Rangers scored on their first two power play opportunities but the Sabres returned to their penalty killing form by killing off the final four Rangers power plays. The Sabres came into the game with the number two penalty killing unit in the league before the Rangers two goals. The first was a nice set up by the Rangers but a blown assignment helped Callahan to get open in front. The second was an amazing shot by Marian Gaborik...I have a feeling he has done that before.
  • I was taking notes while watching the game this morning and I wrote something about how well the fourth line was playing, that was before Patrick Kaleta scored two goals. The Rangers didn't have an answer for the energy of the Sabres fourth line and that was without Paul Gaustad in the lineup. It's hard to imagine that line could be better than they were last night but they will be.
  • Ryan Miller was Ryan Miller last night. It was nice to see Lalime play so well on Friday night but we have come to expect this type of game out of Miller.
  • I had to laugh when Tim Connolly almost had a breakaway and instead he fumbled the puck away. Maybe Patrick Kaleta can teach him a thing or two about breakaways.