From now on scoring by putting the puck in the goalie’s pants is a Mark Pysyk Hattrick. Just the way he drew it up, I’m sure. Butt wait, there’s more!
This game has to have the bizarrest collection of things in any game ever. The Sabres dress 16 skaters because Flu. Drew Stafford gets ejected for sort of elbowing Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the face. (Which I’m fine with the penalty and if you want to punish recklessness which I’ve been advocating for this whole time, great, but given how little contact there actually was, a game misconduct seemed a bit much.) Then this happened:
Which probably clears up a lot of confusion if you didn’t actually watch the game. That’s what you get for (kind of) tucking in the jersey Mr. Cheating Goaltender!
Well, that’s more like it. Milan Lucic continued his performance by regusing to fight Matt D’Agostini and Girgensons, Zdeno Chara commit numerous infractions against Steve Ott and the Sabres lost 4-1.
Take a moment and be thankful. If Milan Lucic wanted to hurt you, you’d be wrecked. Like, legit.
With time ticking down and a 4-2 lead late in the third, Ryan Miller found himself all alone with the puck. He looked at the Bruins empty net, looked at the clock…and then he took pity on the Boston Bruins and passed the puck off to a defenseman. Game over, 4-2. Sabres win, Bruins lose. The Goo Goo Dolls are awesome, Dropkick Murphys suck. Etc. etc. etc.
- Brian Flynn – 1 goal, 1 assist, a +3, 2 shots on goal, and 15:25 of icetime. He even got the nod to take Hodgson’s shift when the first line center was injured and boy did that pay off.
- Drew Stafford - Bad play on the year aside, that wraparound was something special.
- Marcus Foligno and Christian Ehrhoff – Foligno was largely the beneficiary of great Brian Flynnness, but you can’t ignore his goal and assist. Ehrhoff is just a monster.
- Ryan Miller – Who made a fairly forgettable 34 saves.
The Robert Wade Niedermayer Memorial Black Holes:
- Milan Lucic – For being less tough than Mike Weber and having a real no-show of a game.
- Johnny Boychuk For not critically injuring anyone’s leg.
- Zdeno Chara – 25 minutes of utter worthlessness.
2013-2014 Leaderboard (+3, +2, +1, +2 for Stars and USH, minus the same for Black Holes and USG)
- Ryan Miller +28
- Marcus Foligno +14
- Zemgus Girgensons +11
- Jhonas Enroth +10
- Christian Ehrhoff +10
- Brian Flynn +10
- Mark Pysyk +6
- Nikita Zadorov +3
- Mikhail Grigorenko +3
- Matt Ellis +3
- Matt Moulson +3
- Rasmus Ristolainen +1
- Corey Tropp +1
- Luke Adam +1
- Matt D’Agostini +1
- Jamie McBain
- Alex Sulzer -1
- Johan Larsson -2
- Patrick Kaleta -2
- Cody McCormick -3
- John Scott -4
- Kevin Porter -4
- Ville Leino -6
- Steve Ott -6
- Cody Hodgson -14
- Tyler Myers -14
- Mike Weber -15
- Henrik Tallinder -19
- Tyler Ennis -19
- Drew Stafford -34
As early as 2006-2007 the Boston Bruins were likable. Remember those Bruins? They were fun! Marc Savard was their leading scorer, Phil Kessel was still around, Zdeno Chara was new, Wayne Primeau was still a thing and they had the five headed monster of Tim Thomas, Hannu Toivonen, Joey MacDonald, Brian Finley, and Philippe Sauve in net. And Milan Lucic, soft, delightful, shows up every other game like a big Drew Stafford Milan Lucic was off targeting heads for the Vancouver Giants.
And then the neighborhood went downhill from there. I looked up ‘Boston Bruin injuries caused’ on Bing and my computer exploded so you’ll have to bear with me as I go off the top of my head: