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Recap: Sabres blow third period lead, lose 3-2 to Coyotes

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The Sabres found another creative way to lose to a terrible team, all but eliminating them from playoff contention.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Arizona Coyotes Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Which hurts worse, the loss where you dig yourself a big hole early, or the loss where you blow a two-goal lead late?

The Buffalo Sabres were generous enough to offer their fans both options this weekend, and just to make it sting even more, the losses happened to be to the worst two teams in the NHL, both starting backup goalies.

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The Sabres took a 2-0 lead into the third period, and much like The Oscars last night, managed to bumble things up in fantastic fashion in the closing seconds. With just 19 seconds left, Radim Vrbata put home the winning goal with a booming slapshot from the point. This came a minute after Brian Gionta whiffed on a wide-open net that could have redeemed an awful period, but that’s the kind of season it’s been.

The game got off to a great start, with nice-looking goals from Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues, getting the Sabres out to an early 2-0 lead which they would take all the way into the third period. Eichel had two points on the night, with an assist on Rodrigues’ goal, giving him seven points during this six-game point streak he’s got going, and 12 points in his last 10 games.

That was just about the only good news that came out of the game. The third period started with a Ristolainen turnover in his own zone that led directly to Arizona’s first. The second came off an unfortunate bounce from Jake McCabe’s skate to Jamie McGinn’s stick that tied the game at two, and the rest is history.

And with this point-less weekend now complete, it seems the will-they-won’t-they question of the Sabres and the playoffs is now firmly answered. With the trade deadline coming up on Wednesday, expect the Sabres to be one of the few teams in the seller’s market.

Two Questions

1. What’s going on in net tonight?

The hustle and bustle in the crease last night was an injury precaution for Robin Lehner, who was out with an upper body injury last night. Anders Nilsson made 26 saves in relief.

2. Can the Sabres get off to a better start than they did yesterday?

They certainly did, jumping out to a two-goal lead in the first, but in a lovely bookend to the weekend, it was the third period that was their undoing.

Comment of the Game

Seriously

if you lose to Colarado and Azrizaona on consecuitive nights you should just go play in the the SPHL for a while as your team timeout

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