Overreactions with 36 to go: We’ve reached the bottom

461692462_slideIt finally happened.

After an incredible run through November and December, just over a month removed from a streak where the Sabres improbably won 10 of 13 games, they have parachuted to dead last. And despite an improved effort Saturday night against the visiting Flyers, the 4-3 loss, combined with Edmonton’s shootout win over Florida puts the Sabres in 30th place.

Buffalo scored late in the opening period to take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Zemgus Girgensons, but the Flyers would take over in the second and controlled the game from there. Power play goals from R.J. Umberger and Mark Streit gave Philadelphia a lead, and they wouldn’t trail again.

Tyler Ennis would score his 10th of the season late in the second, but the Flyers would add two more in the third. A late marker by Girgensons, his second of the night and 13th of the season wouldn’t be enough.

Michal Neuvirth was solid in net for the Sabres, stopping 28 of 32 Flyers shots in the loss. Rob Zepp made 24 saves for the Flyers.

It’s been three weeks since the Sabres’ last win, and it may be much longer until the next.

  • Maybe Tyler Myers’ best game in a long time. He was good. Logged a lot of minutes (27:33).
  • Very, very quietly, Chris Stewart is racking up points. His two assists tonight gave him 14 points on the year. It was his first multi-point game of the season and he has four points in his last five games.
  • Cody Hodgson played 5:57 tonight. Drew Stafford? 9:05. Who needs offense when you’ve lost 10 in a row?
  • The Sabres had a new intro video. Notable.
  • Will Buffalo win another game before they play in this building again? At Detroit, then the All-Star break, then at Calgary, at Edmonton, at Vancouver and at Montreal. The next home game is February 5th against St. Louis. We’re not done with this yet.
  • Wouldn’t be shocked if Flyers try complaining about Nikita Zadorov’s hit on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Zadorov blindsided him, seemingly unintentionally. Couldn’t tell if it was an elbow-to-head contact, but it always helps to complain to get a little sway for the next time.
  • Three scouts from the Avalanche in the building tonight. Rumors of Ryan O’Reilly being shopped. Play on.

Highlight of the night

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3MI Three Star Selections
1. Michael Del Zotto, Philadelphia
2. Chris Vandevelde, Philadelphia
3. Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo (2 goals (13))
2. Michael Del Zotto, Philadelphia (2 assists)
3. R.J. Umberger, Philadelphia (PP Goal (8))

Quote of the night:

“I thought it was a step in the right direction, but a loss is a loss.”

— Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta

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Posted on January 17, 2015, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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