The Buffalo Sabres finished the 2010 preseason with a bang, a 9-3 victory in front of the home fans. The Flyers didn't ice their "A" lineup as Briere and many of the their stars were held out of the game, but the play of many of the Sabres stood out with the final tuneup of the season.
Lines for the Game
The Ennis-Roy-Stafford and the Connolly-Pominville-Hecht lines were the most impressive on the night as Drew Stafford had one goal and three assists, Derek Roy had two goals, and Jason Pominville ended up with a goal and two assists. The Stafford goal was as impressive as I have seen out of Stafford in a long time, making moves that we would only dream to make while playing NHL 11.
The Sabres did find themselves down early in the first period as the Flyers scored the first two goals from Carcillo and Walker. Buffalo rattled off the next eight goals until Philadelphia broke the streak early in the third period. Jochen Hecht gave the Sabres their ninth goal at the five minute mark in the third period.
Ryan Miller played the first two periods of the game, allowing two goals on 16 shots. Jhonas Enroth replaced Miller and allowed one goal on 11 shots. For the Flyers, Johan Backlund allowed seven goals on 20 shots and was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky at the 10:23 mark in the second period. Bobrovsky allowed two goals on 15 shots.
Most of the Sabres stood out in the game, the Stafford line, the Hecht line, and even the Kaleta line. Patrick Kaleta played his first game of the season and made an impact in the 9:18 he played in the game. Kaleta got in one fight with Darroll Powe, recorded one assist on a goal from Cody McCormick, and had seven hits including the hit of the game.
Finally, the penalty kill for the Sabres was impressive as they held the Flyers shotless on three power play attempts. The Sabres power play was effective as well going 1/2 with five shots, but also seemed like a lot of the same as the power consistently try to force their way into the zone rather than try and dump and chase. The drop pass was in full form as well used many times by a handful of players.
With the preseason over, the Sabres will open their regular season on Friday night against the Ottawa Senators.