The game wasn’t perfect, but for the Buffalo Sabres, the final score certainly was.
Robin Lehner made 37 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Ottawa Senators by a final score of 4-0.
Lehner was strong throughout the night, including making 16 saves in the third period, en route to his long awaited shutout. Over his last two games, Lehner has made 79 saves on 81 shots, and made a number of “Grade A saves,” tonight, according to the returning Jake McCabe.
Tonight wasn’t only a night to celebrate Lehner, however, tonight was a night where all the Sabres big guns came to play. The Sabres got goals from Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, and Foligno, while Jack Eichel notched two assists.
Okposo’s opening goal was a thing of beauty, a one-man effort that saw him snake the puck through a few players down low and roof a backhand over Mike Condon’s shoulder to give the Sabres the lead, which they would not relinquish all night.
What a refreshing change.
While the team overall played very well tonight, the Eichel line in particular was buzzing all game long. #15 himself was a monster for much of the game, dominating the puck and creating chance after chance.
The victory ended Buffalo’s mini-slump and gave them their first victory in three games. Huzzah!
1. How will Justin Bailey look, and will he get time with the top lines?
Bailey did not get much ice time tonight, finishing with the second-lowest TOI with just 9:24. He did have a few moments of speed and skill, but I’d like to see him get more time with better players next time around.
2. How will the defense play with this dramatic change in personnel?
You can’t ever say the defense played poorly in a shutout. Ristolainen, Falk, and Gorges all notched assists, and believe it or not, Kulikov lead the team in ice time, not Ristolainen.
3. How fashionable are these new goalie pants?
Lehner has never not recorded a shutout under the new mandatory goalie pants rule. I expect this streak to continue forever.
Comment of the Game
Congrats Robin Hood!!!
Congrats Sabres Defense!!!
Congrats Sabres Forwards!!!
Posted by Jes04