Friday, February 23, 2007

It was throwback night in Buffalo

We need a Bob Seger soundtrack and a stand up comedian for a review of tonight’s Ottawa Senator and Buffalo Sabre match at the HSBC Centre in Buffalo.

Seger could sing old time rock and roll, and oh maybe Dennis Leary could eloquently explain how he went to fight and a hockey game broke out. In a scene that brought back memories of the early 1970’s, the two teams engaged in an energetic brawl midway through the game.

In a wild night of hockey and fisticuffs, the Sens and Sabres lost no love for each other as there were goals, hits and punches all before a wild west shootout in OT. The game itself was a pretty fast paced affair with each team having numerous chances on starting goaltenders Ray Emery and Martin Biron.

The would finish the night off taking shots at Martin Gerber and Ryan Miller, after Emery and Biron got into a slug fest, the featured attraction of an on ice brawl that saw Emery knock of Biron and then get into a scrap with Andrew Peters. With the look of a wrestling star Emery seemed ready to take on all comers in the undisputed championship of Thursday night hockey.

The second period brawl broke out after either a) Chris Neil hit Chris Drury on his blind side, leaving Drury dazed and bleeding on the ice or b) Neil caught Drury with his head down in a perfectly clean hit, it all depends on your side of the stadium or your angle of the television. Regardless, shortly thereafter all twelve skaters on the ice were involved in the on ice meltdown, while the two benches jawed at each other and coaches Bryan Murray and Lindy Ruff gave every indication that they too might end up at centre ice.

When all was said and done the officials had escorted both Emery, Biron and Peters off the ice, assessed 110 minutes worth of penalties resulting in an Ottawa two man advantage which they could not take advantage of.

Eventually however the Sens would tie the game up sending things in the supercharged arena into overtime, where Drew Stafford scored the only goal of the shootout while Ryan Miller came on to save the victory. Which by the way ended with a 6-5 result for Buffalo.

It will be of interest to Bryan Murray how the league handles Emery’s second transgression in as many games, he had just returned to the line up tonight after serving a three game suspension for a slash in Montreal. Ending up on the penalty blotter once again will possibly give him another session with Colin Campbell.

Even more interesting will be the return engagement Saturday night, when Buffalo travels to Ottawa to play the Sens at Scotiabank place.

Game time is 7 pm (ET), weigh in is at 6:30 with potential pre bouts during the pre game skate…

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