The Buffalo Sabres had their three game winning streak snapped in a disappointing and frustrating 3-0 loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets played the perfect road game and frustrated the high flying Sabres all night long. The passes weren't crisp, the chances were few and the defensive play was poor to say the least...the end result was the first shutout on home ice since December of 2005.
The Sabres had two early power play chances, including a 5-on-3 for 19 seconds but were unable to score, things went downhill from there. The Sabres had nine shots in the first period but managed only 12 in the last two periods. The Jackets took control in the second period and were rewarded on a goal by ex-Sabre Mike Peca. Peca fired a backhander by Ryan Miller while four Sabres stood and watched. The Jackets had an opportunity to go ahead by two when Rick Nash was awarded a penalty shot, after being hooked by Henrik Tallinder, but he was foiled by Ryan Miller. It was just over a minute later that Nash would get on the score sheet beating Ryan Miller after skating untouched from the corner.
The Sabres were outplayed considerably by a determined Columbus squad. They seemed unwilling to pay the price to win one on one battles and played soft all night. The Blue Jackets deserve some credit for getting Buffalo off of their game by playing a very disciplined defensive game but all in all it was the Sabres lack of desire that appeared to be the difference.
The Sabres will have an opportunity to get back on track tomorrow night in Montreal. The game is the first of a five game road trip for the Sabres who have played all but one game at home thus far. The open thread will be up for tomorrow nights game so join us and tell us your thoughts on the Sabres play.