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Sabres top Sharks in ‘strange game’ following Miller trade

Feb 28, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

Jhonas Enroth AP

It’s easy to forget that the Buffalo Sabres were playing a game while the Ryan Miller trade was announced. Remarkably, they managed to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday amid all the distractions.

The Sabres didn’t deny how odd it felt to play while learning that their captain Steve Ott and franchise goalie Miller had been traded. Tyler Myers called it a “strange game” while Marcus Foligno tried to treat it as business as usual.

“You have to be professional,” Foligno said.

“It was tough, but give the guys credit,” Head coach Ted Nolan said. “They battled.”

Speaking of being a professional, Matt Moulson continues to drive his trade value up, as he scored a game-winning goal on Friday after sending Buffalo into OT on Wednesday. Teams certainly must be keeping tabs on a winger who found the net for the 17th time between his games in Buffalo and with the New York Islanders this season.

If you want to talk about strange timing, the Sabres are enjoying their first three-game winning streak of the season. Jhonas Enroth made a strong argument for a few extra looks even with Jaroslav Halak headed to town (for now?) by stopping 36 out of 38 shots.

Considering how conditional draft picks may work out, many hardcore Buffalo Sabres fans might be as interested in the New York Islanders’ and St. Louis Blues’ progress as this season goes on. Still, the current roster must play on, and they’ve looked scrappy since returning from the Olympic break.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    It’s official, the Sharks have a goaltending issue

    • alliceishome - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      I hear Halak is on the market…

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Niemi has been terrible this year, I’ve lost count how many 3 or more goal games he’s had. Most goals he lets in are total softies

    • pfhockey - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Would you take Lindback? lol jk.

  3. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Niemi is not cutting it. He has not been very good this year. It’s up to Wilson to find a goalie. Maybe go for Anton Khudobin??

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      I know, I can’t believe that we’re having this issue. I like to think I would make a good GM, but I actually have no idea what to do in this situation. Hopefully he’ll just find his game in time for the playoffs because his play as of now will not cut it in a 7 game series

  4. mega1480 - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    The Sabres are 3-0 since John Scott started playing defense, coincidence? Yeah prolly

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