The Sabres were without Tyler Ennis and Ryan Miller, are one of the worst teams in the league, and don’t play defense, so this game was supposed to be a cakewalk. It wasn’t, and while the Sabres were lucky to get out of the first ten minutes scoreless, they outplayed the Rangers in the second, forcing a lot of penalties. The Rangers played fairly well, but had some sloppy stretches (five penalties) and it cost them. Jhonas Enroth had a great game too, which didn’t help. On to the goals:
That’s Stepan out there, he’s not going for a beer.
Rangers 1, Sabres 0
The Rangers came in on a shorthanded rush, and it looks like Jordan Leopold –returning to the lineup tonight– just forgot where Derek Stepan was after the puck crossed the blue line. Stepan swung wide picture above, and Leopold just left him out there.
Stepan crosses right in front of Leopold, who lets him go.
The problem for Leopold is that when Stepan cut back to the front of the net, Leopold didn’t stop him. I would say he di...