Saturday, December 20, 2008

Beating the Kings didn’t Show How Good the Sabres Were…

but really how bad the Kings are.  The Sabres pulled out a 5-0 victory against the Kings on Friday night.  This puts them at 3-0 in the third jerseys this season.  Screw the schedule they are on and just make them the home jersey this season.  Jason LaBarbera allowed 4 goals on 15 shots before he was pulled for Jonathan Quick. 

The Sabres had a total of 23 shots on goal and put 5 of those in the net while Ryan Miller was pretty dang good stopping all 40 shots he faced from the Kings on route to his third shutout of the season. 

One major concern coming from this game is the status of Patrick Kaleta.  After taking a questionable run at a Kings player, Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier took a cheap shot and punched an unaware Kaleta in the face.  Kaleta left the game with a concussion and the punch will most likely be reviewed by the league.  A Sabres fan had to see this coming though.  Kaleta has a banging style of play which at times is on the edge of being dirty.  In this play, Kaleta appears to leave his feet when he missed his check and apparently Gauthier took offense to that.  Kaleta was turned to watch the play and that is when Gauthier took the punch.  It is very reminiscent of the incident that occurred in Nashville two years ago with Scott Nichol and Jaroslav Spacek. 

Sabres take on the Canadiens tonight in Montreal.  

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