By Mike Harrington
Following the Sabres' 4-2 win over San Jose -- which gave them a three-game winning streak for the first time this season -- there was basically no talk about the game. All in all, it was a pretty nice effort by the Sabres, who never trailed.
Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson and Tyler Myers (into an empty net) got the goals and Myers added two assists for his first three-point game of the season. Jhonas Enroth stopped 36 of 38 shots as the Sabres won a game despite being outshot, 38-20. That's a two-game sweep of the Sharks this year -- and a 15-1 record all-time against San Jose in Buffalo. Weird.
Players found out that Ryan Miller and Steve Ott were being held out of the lineup about an hour before the game. Enroth had to be told he was playing goal, John Scott had to dress and HarborCenter employee Ryan Vinz, a Lancaster product who tried to walk on at Clarkson, suited up in No. 35 as the backup goalie.
"It was a little bit of a circus," said Tyler Myers.
The game was played and tribute videos to Ott and Miller aired on the jumbotron during the third period. And the crowd responded with roaring standing ovations.
"Every guy on the bench was watching those tributes," said Mike Weber. "Tough to hold back the emotions. It's probably the worst part of the business, losing friends and teammates like that. But I'm happy for them they're going to get a chance to chase down what we all want here too and win a Stanley Cup."
Click below to hear plenty of audio from the locker room.