Another Routine Loss for the Buffalo Sabres
It's becoming pretty much a routine for the Buffalo Sabres and it's something they're becoming very good at - losing hockey games. They lost another one Friday night, this time in front of the home fans falling to the Vancouver Canucks 4-2.
How do you explain how a team playing their second game in two nights could dominate a team that supposedly was well-rested? The Canucks owned the Sabres especially in the first two periods and outshot them for the game 40 to 22. The Sabres keep talking a good game...."we gotta do this....we gotta do that." They just don't do it and there's no explaining why.
Coach Phil Housley was so exasperated by the play of Kyle Okposo he sat him for the entire third period. The way most of the team is playing he could sit nearly the entire team and get results that were just as good.
Another shorthanded goal against. The Sabres gave up their sixth of the season while they were on the power play.
Vancouver scored their winning goal on a controversial call, one Housley challenged, but lost the challenge and the goal stood. Not that Sabres deserved a break - they didn't. They were just so badly outplayed from the start they got what they deserved.
Jack Eichel and Justin Bailey scored the Buffalo goals. Chad Johnson made 37 saves. The Sabres don't have much time to wallow in their sorrow. They play the Bruins in Boston on Saturday night.