For the past decade or so, the Buffalo Sabres have had the number of the San Jose Sharks, going 9-0-1 in their previous ten games before last night.
It seems like the Sharks are sick and tired of this trend.
San Jose trucked Buffalo last night, scoring four unanswered goals and doubling the Sabres up in shots en route to a 4-1 mugging.
Things started off fine for the Sabres, as Jack Eichel scored his 20th of the season to open things up, and Robin Lehner was sharp through the first 30 minutes. But the Sharks were outplaying the Sabres so badly that eventually the floodgates had to open, and they did midway through the second period to the tune of four straight goals.
"We didn't deserve to win that game and be in that game,” said Robin Lehner. “You create your own bounces by how you play. That's why they won."
A perfect example of Lehner’s comments would be the third Sharks goal. A good forecheck by Michael Haley forced Cody Franson to make an ill-advised pass to Eichel in front of the Buffalo net. Haley’s stick tipped the pass, which went off Eichel’s skate and past Lehner for the go-ahead goal.
That’s the kind of goal you get when your team is skating hard and playing with confidence, two things the Sabres have failed to do with any consistency since their five-day February break.
With 12 games left in the season, the team better find a way to get that consistency, or we’re in for a long final four weeks.
1. Can the Sabres continue their weird dominance of San Jose?
Nope, and after tonight, I think it’s time to retire that quirky stat.
2. What will Jack Eichel do tonight?
Eichel scored two goals, one for each team, and became the eighth player in team history to score 20 goals in his first two seasons.
Jack Eichel has become just the eighth player in Sabres history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first two NHL seasons. pic.twitter.com/Vm4fgSvv5J— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) March 15, 2017
3. Can Buffalo take advantage of their special teams, uh, advantage?
Nope. The Sharks opened their own scoring on the power play, while the Sabres failed to score on their only power play chance.