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Recap: Sabres stuffed in Jersey 2-1

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Another chance to move up the standings slips away as the Sabres lose to the Devils.

Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

When the story of this season is written in April, there will be two major storylines. The first will be injuries, the magnitude of which have been too much for this young, top-heavy team to overcome.

But the second storyline, currently in progress, is the Sabres’ inability to win any games that would help them leapfrog teams in the standings.

Buffalo came in to tonight with the chance to move to within four points of the last Atlantic playoff spot facing a not-very-threatening Devils team, and once again came up short, losing tonight 2-1 to remain six points behind the Leafs for that final spot in the Atlantic.

The story of the game tonight was penalties, with the Sabres taking four minors and fighting major - oh, and one of those was a double minor from Evander Kane, who also took another bad third period penalty that led directly to the Devils winning goal.

New Jersey scored both of their goals on the power play, in fact. They opened the scoring thanks to Adam Henrique, who banked a puck in off Cody Franson’s skate to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

The Sabres would respond in the third thanks to Tyler Ennis making some magic down low for his third of the year. But the penalties would again rear their ugly heads later in the third, and the Devils would capitalize to take the next goal and the game despite a controversial no-call on possible goalie interference.

Speaking of the goalie, Robin Lehner gave another strong effort tonight, making 37 saves on 39 shots and basically keeping the Sabres in the game for much of the game while the team in front of him struggled to get their offense together.

This was a disappointing effort coming off of one of Buffalo’s most complete games of the season and with a chance for them to start their very busy week off on the right foot.

Two Questions

1. How will Robin Lehner respond to getting his first shutout of the season?

A goalie who makes 37 saves and only gives up two goals has had himself a night.

2. Will we end up in yet another shootout?

Thankfully no.

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