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Recap: Refereeing is inconclusive, and shot-less Sabres lose 4-3

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Poor play from the stripes and Sabres doomed Buffalo in a 4-3 loss.

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If you regularly read this blog, you know that generally we do not blame the refs for a Sabres loss. The team has been bad enough on its own over the past few years, and it’s just not worth the hot air to take it to the stripes for a loss.

But tonight, in Dallas, the Sabres got the butt end of the stick as far as the calls went.

The Sabres had three very ticky-tack penalty calls against and two goals disallowed in the third period - including one after everyone had gone to the dressing rooms - in a 4-3 loss to Dallas.

The final review, which came on shot with 11 seconds left, was razor close, and on the broadcast review it looked like the puck was in. The crossbar cam, which for some reason nobody saw until the postgame show, was less conclusive, but it isn’t positioned at a perfect angle and the fact the NHL doesn’t have proper technology to correctly rule on these challenges - which they insisted would make the game more fair - is simply a joke.

And if that wasn’t fun enough, the Sabres had another goal disallowed in the third period after approximately a 20-minute review. Oh, and they also lost an offsides goal challenge because there were only two cameras, both on the same side, that could’t see the puck and it was ruled “inconclusive”. In 2017 where we have self-driving cars and we’re months away from being able to order burritos by drone, we can’t get more than two cameras in an NHL arena? OK.

The loss ruined what was a flying start, thanks to Evander Kane, who scored twice tonight and had a fantastic game, and Matt Moulson, who scored to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead to start the game.

Unfortunately, Dallas would come back to score the next four, including two from Patrick Sharp and an own goal from Cody Franson, as the Sabres failed to get any shots on some very spotty Dallas goaltending.

The Sabres were outshot 35 to 11 through two periods - so the refs weren’t totally to blame tonight - but Buffalo did outshoot the Stars 16-2 in the third, but fell short thanks to camera angles and some of the most brutal penalties against you’ll ever see.

This game will leave a bad taste in Sabres fans mouths heading into the All Star break, but the Sabres have put together a solid run leading into the break. Unfortunately, they’ll need to put together two or three more of these mini-runs to separate themselves from the packed Eastern Conference heading in to the run to the playoffs.

Three Questions

1. Will we see more contributions for the Sabres blue line?

Nope, no Sabres defenseman registered a point tonight.

2. Which pair of brothers will help their team to victory?

Jamie Benn scored tonight, giving the Benns the victory here.

3. Will the Sabres continue their dominance of the Western Conference?


Comment of the Game

If we erased the city of Dallas from history, we’d have a Cup, 2 Super Bowls, and a 4 game win streak right now.

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