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Recap: Sabres lose to Lightning in shootout 2-1

The KeyBank Center is built on top of a graveyard, apparently.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres came in to tonight’s game with a chance to leapfrog an opponent directly in front of them in the playoff standings.

Do you want to guess what happened?

If you guessed that the team suffered a horrible, debilitating loss, well, you’re only half right. The Sabres lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout by a score of 2-1.

Buffalo got off to a good start, thanks to a power play goal in the first period from Ryan O’Reilly, with assists from Jack Eichel and Rasmus Ristolainen. The Sabres had a 15-8 edge in shots in the first period, and looked like the dominant team.

Which was to be expected, as Tamp Bay played last night. Unfortunately, the Sabres failed to capitalize on that momentum, giving up a goal to Tyler Johnson in a lackadaisical second period that tied the game 1-1.

It was that score that would stand the test of 60 minutes, and well, you don’t need me to tell you that the Sabres looked god-awful in the shootout. Honestly, the shootout score of 2-0 doesn’t do justice to how pathetic the Sabres looked in the skills competition. It was the varsity hockey team vs. the team of six-year olds you see during the first intermission.

The pain was magnified by two things. First, that the Sabres couldn’t capitalize on a very late power play, and second, that Jack Eichel was yet again hauled down in the final minutes on a clear penalty, to which there was no call.

All in all, tonight was a disappointing effort from a team that could have taken a step toward the postseason, and instead held the door open for the team behind them.

Three Questions

1. Whose power play will dominate tonight?

The Sabres scored the only power play goal of the night. SO WHO WON NOW, HUH TAMPA?

2. Will Eichel continue his dominant streak ?

Yes, Eichel assisted on Ryan O’Reilly’s goal to bring his point streak to nine games.

3. Will the Sabres play like the team we saw last game, or the previous four?

A bit of both, and the result shows it.

Comment of the Game

You know guys, if the Sabres win this one they’re only 5 points…

Just kidding. We all know what’s going to happen. We’ll see-saw losses and wins back and forth until we’re mathematically eliminated – at which point we’ll win 6 in a row to end the season. It’s the Buffalo way.

Posted by TEMSON

It was the first comment in the game thread, but gosh darn it, it just fits the best.