Tyler Myers returned from his suspension, Cody Hodgson scored his first two goals as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, and Ryan Miller recorded another shutout giving him six on the season. With the 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the Sabres improved their record to 35-29-10 and now with 80 points are tied for eighth place with the Washington Capitals who had the night off. The Sabres are now 11-2-4 since February 17, and their 27 points are second only to Pittsburgh’s 27 (13-1-1) during this stretch.
Cody Hodgson, who was acquired by the Sabres before the trade deadline, scored his first goal as a member of the blue and gold just 6:15 into the first period. Hodgson broke into the zone by himself and scored on a wrap around that he bounced off the back of Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. Number 19 followed that up with an insurance goal in the third period, on a nifty one timer from Derek Roy on the power play. Miller stopped 34 Montreal shots in the shutout, with his biggest save of the night coming late in the final period when he used his right pad to deny Mike Blunden on the doorstep with just over five minutes remaining on the clock. It was the 28th shutout of Miller’s career, improving his standing as second all-time in franchise history behind Dominik Hasek’s 55.
With the win over Montreal, Buffalo finished the season 5-0-1 against the Canadiens. Some other notes from the game include Derek Roy’s third period assist was the 265th of his career, surpassing Mike Foligno for ninth all-time in franchise history. With the assist on Hodgson’s first period goal, Christian Ehrhoff recorded his 200th career assist. Hodgson becomes the 28th different goal scorer for Buffalo this season, second-most in the league to Columbus’ 30. And a quick shout out to rookie Travis Turnbull who played his first NHL game tonight, recording a team-high three hits in 6:14 of ice time.
So what did we learn from tonight? Well we learned that Pretty Boy Swag and myself are the Sabres good luck charm since we were at the game. Ya that is right, we were at the First Niagara Center cheering on the Sabres. It was my first game of the year and it could not have come at a better time. We sat a couple of rows up behind the net where the visitor goalie sets up twice. PBS and myself had a great time drinking alcohol and discussing our sweet plans for the website. But ya, back to the point, we are the Sabres good luck charms. They should just give us season tickets in our own suite. Terry, you want to win a cup, get at us.