Buffalo - February 11, 2015 - Following every Sabres game, we’ll be taking a little look at the previous night’s action with a little segment called “good, bad and ugly”. Expect a loooooooot of ugly.
I don’t say this often, but this one felt like it should’ve ended in two points for the Sabres. Let’s get into last night’s 2-1 loss to Ottawa.
It’s not often I can say this, but the Sabres controlled the pace of this one and looked like they probably should’ve gotten out of it with the win. Can you remember the last time they hit 30 shots in a single game? I can’t.
Unfortunately for them, Robin Lehner was spectacular, stopping 35 of 36 on the night to help the Sens end their three-game losing-streak. The second period in particular was frustrating as the Sabres had turned the tide and seemed like they would finally get one on a reeling Senators team, but just couldn’t’ find the way past Lehner.
Still, efforts like that are hard to complain about and some nights you’re just going to run into a hot goaltender. That’s just a part of hockey.
Holy crap, that first period felt ugly. The Senators walked into the locker room with a 1-0 lead thanks to an Erik Karlsson power play tally, but it felt like it could have been a lot worse. The Sens controlled the play for the first 20 minutes.
Nights like this, you can see the inconsistency of this team. The last half-dozen games, they’ve gotten out of the gates first, scoring the opening goal in all of those games. This one, they not only fell behind but looked like they might not bother showing up. Usually they at least wait until the second period before they start slacking.
Consistency is the key to winning and the Sabres can’t spell it right now, let alone achieve it.
I’m a Sabres fan so this is a little bit of a homer view, but man that disallowed goal at the end SUCKED. Mike Weber appeared to have scored the tying goal with 3:52 remaining, but officials waived it off when they ruled that Marcus Foligno had interfered with Lehner.
Foligno was battling with Marc Methot in front of the net and Methot, in an attempt to shove Foligno out of the way, shoved him into Lehner. The puck went in, the goal was disallowed and the rest, as they say, is history.
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