Fly on the Wall - Nov. 29, 2008
Lalime can predict the future
While hindsight may be 20/20, Sabres netminder Patrick Lalime claims he had a sneaking suspicion his team wouldn’t be in for an easy night against the Habs.
“We knew they were going to start out like that, especially after not having a great game last night and being at home in front of their crowd and everything. They came out really hard. I thought we played a pretty good game, but a couple of mistakes here and there and they took advantage of them.”
One man show
After accounting for all of his team’s offense – scoring both of Buffalo’s goals in a losing cause – Thomas Vanek has a pretty good idea why the Sabres were heading home empty-handed on Saturday night.
“Those guys were great and I think they won a little bit of momentum back from us on that one. We had the lead twice and let them come back and when you let a team as good as Montreal get back in it, chances are that you’re going to lose.”
Coach Lindy Ruff on the game’s turning point
Despite seeing his squad kill off a crucial 5-on-3 Habs powerplay, Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff wasn’t particularly impressed with Buffalo’s play at even strength, but it was their shaky play at 4-on-4 that left him scratching his head.
“I just felt that we didn’t get aggressive enough on some of those plays, when our forwards went up top, our D stayed too deep and we just gave them way too much time and too much space. That really hurt us.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
The Numbers Game - Nov. 29, 2008