Tomas Hertl left the hockey world buzzing with a between-the-legs goal that will probably be played for years, if not more. So it’s probably not an egregious spoiler to say that his memorable (and divisive) tally made it on the list of this past week’s top 10 goals.
Thomas Vanek’s Hertl impression even made it, too.
After Monday’s 2-1 loss to Minnesota, the Buffalo Sabres are now 0-6-1 in seven games. They’ve scored at a league-low rate of just one goal per contest. Their top goalie Ryan Miller and most dangerous forward Thomas Vanek will see their contracts expire next summer. Despite all of this doom and gloom, the Sabres insist they’re not quitting.
Publicly, at least.
Outspoken and controversial pest Steve Ott said all the right things to the team’s Web site.
“You have to continue to push forward,” Ott said. “There’s no give up.”
Brian Flynn – Buffalo’s lone goal scorer from Monday – echoed such thoughts.
“We can’t get down,” Flynn said. “It’s a long season.”
That might be the key phrase: a long season. It could mean that Buffalo has plenty of time to bounce back – one point and all – or it could mean that the Sabres and their fans are in for months of suffering.
It wasn’t exactly a bombastic homecoming for Jason Pominville on Monday – the lights were out in more way than one in Buffalo – but he still left a winner.
His Minnesota Wild squeezed out the Sabres as his second-period power-play goal ended up being the game-winner:
Chances were low tonight, as the Sabres took three more shots on goal (23-20) than the Wild – the first time Minnesota’s lost that battle this season, according to NBC SN’s Liam McHugh – which obviously isn’t much of a victory for Buffalo.
The Wild are now on a three-game winning streak while the Sabres remain without a win (0-6-1) in seven disheartening games.