The Buffalo Sabres fell to 5-7-1 on the season after losing 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. It was the second time this season that the Sabres were shutout (lost 3-0 to Columbus on Friday October 19. Last season the Sabres played an entire 82 game schedule without being shutout once, is it time to throw in the towel? give up on the season? start trading away all the players? I don't think so, things aren't going well for this team right now but they'll start to get some bounces.
Monday night the Sabres played a pretty good game but were unable to get one behind Cristobal Huet who made some really big saves. The Sabres had almost as many shots in the first period (16) as Montreal had in the entire game (19). They made one really big mistake and in the end that cost them. The Habs goal stemmed from a giveaway by Tim Connolly, he tried to feed a pass to a streaking Brian Campbell but it was intercepted and turned into a 2-on-1 for Montreal that resulted in Thomas Plekanec beating Ryan Miller.
The Sabres played an outstanding third period but once again they could not beat Cristobal Huet who made stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period. The Sabres out-shot the Habs 9-2 in the thrid and one of the Habs shots was the empty-net goal that was scored with 22 seconds left. The Sabres domination was not enough in the end as they were shutout for the second time in this young season.
We can talk about how the Sabres played well and they seemed to get opportunities but it really doesn't matter unless you get two points. I think that's what the game is all about is getting a win and they have failed to do that in their last three games. They will have an opportunity to get right back at it Wednesday against the Boston Bruins. The game will be at 7:05 PM at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo and the Sabres will try to snap a three game losing streak.