I feel for you if you have Sabres season tickets, I really do. On a beautiful fall Friday night, Buffalo Sabres fans had to watch their team lose yet another overtime game 2-1, this time via a ticky-tack penalty shot.
In six home game this season, the Sabres have just one win and just one more goal than games played - seven tallies in six contests. Yes, they got a point while suffering through even more injuries, but at some point the team has to actually win some games on home ice.
The Sabres came out buzzing, putting 10 shots on net in the first ten minutes, and earning a power play because of it. Matt Moulson would bang home a teed-up puck right in front of the net to open the scoring, and to tie Moulson for the NHL lead with five power play goals.
With 26 combined shots in the first period and plenty of back-and-forth play, it seemed like we were going to finally have a high-scoring Sabres/Devils game.
Alas, that was not to be the case, as nobody would score in the second period. The Sabres managed to survive four penalties in the second, which limited their offensive game plan quite a bit, but it was still a nice feather in the cap of the PK to blank the Devils in the second frame.
The third period began with a Devils goal courtesy of Yohann Auvitu, who tied the game with his first goal of the season. The period would end tied 1-1, sending the game to overtime.
OT proved to be the Sabres undoing, thanks to the refs awarding the Devils a penalty shot as Evnader Kane hugged Andy Greene in what was a dubious call at best. Greene beat Nilsson, who was fantastic all night, on an easy shot and we all got to go home unhappy for the fifth time in six games.
Ryan O’Reilly left in the third, having aggravated a previous injury. Dan Bylsma says he’s not sure about ROR’s availability for tomorrow, when the Sabres will have a chance to get revenge as they face the Devils again, this time in New Jersey.
1. Will anyone score tonight?
Matt Moulson opened the scoring in the first, but the Sabres can’t seem to score more than one goal per game at home. Sorry, sports fans!
2. How long will Anders Nilsson’s shutout streak last?
Nilsson stood strong into the third period, when Auvitu’s goal tied the game. Nilsson was fantastic tonight facing a flood of Devils shots all night long, and it’s a shame he couldn’t get the win tonight.
3. How will Justin Falk look in his Sabres debut?
Lulz I’m having trouble answering this because NHL.com won’t show me any of the player stats for this game. I do know Falk was given very protected minutes, but Corsica says he wasn’t very good tonight so we’ll go with a Frown Emoji.
Comment of the Game
Please be less boring than the second half of the game
Posted by Timmah61
I hope you’re happy, Timmah.