The Inaugural Gerbe Derby Post-Game Reaction: Game 49 @ New Jersey Devils

While we won’t post full-game recaps, at the end of each game, Josiah or I will try to post our immediate reactions to the game that was.  

1) That was one of the ugliest games of hockey I ever watched, and that’s saying something for a Sabres-Devils game.

2) The Sabres had no business winning that game.  Ryan Miller thought otherwise, saving 27 of 28 shots.  It was the return of the Ryan Miller show after a few ugly performances.  Marty Brodeur, meanwhile, could have taken a nap for half the game and not had to worry about anything getting past him.  Brodeur stopped 13 of the Sabres’ minuscule 14 shots.

3) Lindy Ruff seemed to take a page out of the Jacques LeMaire book of coaching.  The Sabres scored a quick goal and played prevent for the entirety of the game after that point, even after the Devils tied it.

4) Derek Roy was a sieve tonight.  He took two bad penalties right in a row that led to the Devils’ tying goal, and he made a bad giveaway behind the net that almost led to a goal by Adam Henrique of New Jersey. Thankfully, Ryan Miller was in Miller Time mode tonight.

5) Thomas Vanek has now gone six straight games without a point.  What’s worse, he couldn’t even get the goal in the shootout that wouldn’t count.

6) Nathan Gerbe was a boss tonight.  He threw the puck at the net whenever he saw fit.  Clearly, it worked.  It directly resulted in Jordan Leopold’s goal, and it earned him a chance in the shootout, where he eventually buried it.

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