When a game between teams features a bit of feistiness, the tendency is to build up the drama for the rematch. It’s time to do it again.
The Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils, who met just five days ago, resume their rivalry tonight in Prudential Center. The first game featured a fight just 27 seconds in, a scuffle at the end of overtime and trash-talking following the shootout.
Though most return matches fizzle in terms of emotion, two of the Sabres’ protagonists feel this one might carry some heat.
“It was a hard-fought game, and tempers were flaring,” center Tyler Ennis said Wednesday. “We’re competitive guys, so I expect another hard game.”
Ennis earned a roughing penalty at the final buzzer in Buffalo after a scrap with the Devils’ Adam Henrique. Ennis shot the puck toward the New Jersey net as the horn blew, and Henrique, who was near the line of fire, took exception.
Minutes later, Ryan Miller riled up Henrique again. The Sabres goaltender ended the 4-3 shootout victory with a glove save on Henrique, then celebrated and shouted. Miller stretched out his glove arm, swatted the puck with a baseball swing and yelled toward Henrique. The Devils’ second-year player jawed back before heading to the dressing room.
“I just didn’t think going after Tyler Ennis is any proof that you’re a tough guy,” Miller said. “The kid’s scrappy, but it probably went a little further than it needed to go.
Carryover effect may lead to sizzling rematch
Buffalo News | Mar 7