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Virus decimates Sabres (who won anyway)

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07:39 AM ET 12.24 | Things were so scrambled for Buffalo on Monday night that enforcer John Scott skated on both offense and defense. The Sabres started the game with just 16 skaters after a virus left Linus Omark, Cody Hodgson, Ville Leino, Marcus Foligno and Alexander Sulzer unable to play. Buffalo was only able to recall [Mark Pysyk] and left wing Johan Larsson from its AHL affiliate in Rochester because the team was en route to the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland. Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo. ... Drew Stafford left the Sabres with 15 available skaters after receiving a five-minute elbowing penalty and game misconduct. Facing the boards to the right of Smith, Stafford swung his elbow backward at oncoming Oliver Ekman-Larsson and caught the defenceman in the face.

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December 24, 2013  08:55 AM ET

They must be sick of losing.

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December 24, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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They won by scoring the most comical goal in NHL history:

Why wasn't the play blown dead when the puck lodged in the back of Smith's jersey before he backed across the goal line?

December 24, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Why wasn't the play blown dead when the puck lodged in the back of Smith's jersey before he backed across the goal line?

The refs seem to be letting the play go longer even when the goalie has the puck under him. I don't particularly like it myself even when the Pens score that way.

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December 24, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Here's Toronto's explanation:At 3:47 of overtime in the Coyotes/Sabres game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Mark Pysyk's shot deflected into the air and landed in goaltender Mike Smith's equipment and, while attempting to make the save, Smith's momentum propelled him and the puck completely across the goal line. Good goal Buffalo.

and what was Toronto's explanation for that nonsense last night?
The ref's arm is on the way up to blow the whistle...which should have been done already....don't get me wrong, finally nice to get a home winning "streak"...but really now...

December 24, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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The refs seem to be letting the play go longer even when the goalie has the puck under him. I don't particularly like it myself even when the Pens score that way.

NYR got hit twice in 3 games with that...
If I was of a suspicious nature, i would wonder if Dwarfus didn't have a hand in this. Look, generally speaking, no one ever talks about hockey in the main media. Now the fightig stuff is back in the papers, etc. And what stirs up more nonsense than "action" in front of the net? Just a thought

December 24, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They must be sick of losing.

LOL - POTD.

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December 24, 2013  12:46 PM ET

"Virus decimates Sabres (who won anyway)"

May I recommend some Norton or PC-cillin?

December 24, 2013  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

"Virus decimates Sabres (who won anyway)"

May I recommend some Norton or PC-cillin?

Whatever gets them well for the 27th.

 
December 24, 2013  02:58 PM ET

Good thing Rochester is sooo close

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