But wouldn't you know, he's gone and done it at least so far. There are a lot of things you can credit for the Sabres hot start. We have four lines that can actually play, the third and fourth lines in particular have been very effective, there's been an infusion of youth and energy in Tim Kennedy and Tyler Myers, Henrik Tallinder has been better than a pile of puke, and everyone seems more focused. But a lot of it comes down to the guy in the net and the guy in the net is very good right now. When the Sabres tied up the game late against Tampa Bay, I knew we had not just one point but two points because I knew Ryan wasn't going to allow a goal in overtime or the shootout. The team hasn't given up a ton of odd man rushes but when we have, I haven't been that worried because I knew Ryan was going to come up with the save. If I'm feeling that confident in him, I'd imagine his teammates are too, and that makes a huge difference for everyone. We've all see games - even series - in the last few years where a goalie carries a team. It's nice to have that kind of goalie in your net, you know?
Not even karate moves keep Ryan down (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)