Tyler Myers, wearing a suit and winter hat, sat in the press box high above the ice Saturday night while Ryan Miller stole a victory for the Buffalo Sabres. The defenseman didn’t want to be there.
“I’m embarrassed, and I should be,” Myers said.
Coach Lindy Ruff ran out of patience with his struggling defenseman and scratched him for the Sabres’ 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders, which featured a 41-save performance by Miller. All of Myers’ ice time came in the morning, when he skated hard for 75 minutes under the watchful eye of assistant coach James Patrick.
Myers hopes to be back in the lineup tonight when the Sabres host the Boston Bruins in First Niagara Center. The game will be played, but the Bruins’ home game against Tampa Bay on Saturday was canceled because more than 2 feet of snow fell in Boston. Its airport was scheduled to reopen late Saturday night, which allowed the Bruins to get to Buffalo.
“He’s had a rough go,” Ruff said of Myers. “He’s struggled. His confidence is low. Sometimes if you sit and watch a game, even in the back-to-back situation, I don’t think this can hurt him.”
Myers was on the ice for three of Boston’s four goals in their initial meeting, part of the reason he found himself scratched Saturday. He has one goal, no assists and a team-worst minus-9 rating.
“It’s just all mental for me,” he said. “I make a mistake, I’m too hard on myself and put too much pressure on myself in the long run. I think I just need to relax and take a step back and start enjoying myself instead of working my way out of my own game.
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