There's bad, and then there's bad, and tonight the Buffalo Sabres were whichever one of those is worse. The Sabres were outshot by the Toronto Maple Leafs 37-10 en route to a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of their division rivals.
How pathetic was Buffalo's offense? The Sabres managed just ten total shots in the entire game - posting their lowest shot total EVER and becoming the first team since 2008 to manage such a low shot toal - as they were shut out by the not-very-good Leafs 4-0. Their offense was so anemic that Jonathan Bernier earned a shutout and wasn't even named one of the top three stars.
"That was an embarrassing effort," said
Captain Obvious Tyler Myers, adding that the Sabres have hit "rock bottom." In game ten. Before the trade deadline. And before they send Sam Reinhart and Nikita Zadorov, two of their most promising youngsters, back to juniors.
Rock bottom? Let me hand you a shovel, Mr. Myers.
Whether you like the idea of tanking or not, we all know that this season is about being bad enough to get the best draft pick, something I think most people on this board agree with. But this level of offensive abomination is simply sad to watch. At some point, guys like Drew Stafford and Matt Moulson will start scoring goals (we hope) but in the immediate future, let's try for 20 shots, huh?
Things just keep getting better as the Sabres take on the Bruins at home this Thursday.
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