Sure, it was only one game, but Tyler Myers had his best game of the season yesterday against the Boston Bruins, and the Buffalo Sabres hope Myers is out of his funk for sure.
Myers had a goal and an assist against Boston, as well as a huge hit early in the first period. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff says that when Myers plays as well as he did against Boston, he's tough to stop.
"We know what (Myers) can bring," Ruff said after Buffalo's 4-2 win over the Bruins. "I thought early on he had a big hit. When he's skating and moving, he's a tough man to keep track of. I thought his energy in the game was maybe as good as I've seen this year."
Myers has gotten a lot of criticism from fans and the media all season and rightfully so. Buffalo's entire defensive unit has struggled all season long and can thank goaltender Ryan Miller for keeping them in as many games as they've been in. But the third period against Boston had a different feel to it, and Myers was a big reason why. The Sabres only allowed three shots on goal for Boston in the third period, and Myers got both of his points in the third frame. Ruff knows that the team is better when Myers can chip in defensively.
"That's a big plus for us because we know what he means on the offensive side for us," Ruff said in his postgame comments.
Now that Myers seems to have gotten his confidence back, and the Sabres are back on the winning track, the question now is whether both Myers and the Sabres can sustain the momentum. The last time Buffalo defeated Boston, they did so in comeback fashion. The then were unable to carry over any momentum from that victory and went on a terrible losing skid. The difference this time could be Myers. If Myers can play like he did in that third period against Boston more consistently, there may be hope for the Sabres yet.
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