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Sabres Blow 3rd Period Lead and Drop Season Opener

Jason Pominville scored both Buffalo goals in a shoot out loss to Montreal  (Getty Images)
Jason Pominville scored both Buffalo goals in a shoot out loss to Montreal (Getty Images)

We’ve seen this movie way too many times before and the ending always seems to be the same.  The Buffalo Sabres have a tendency to tease their fans then break their hearts and they did it again Thursday night in the season opener. Jason Pominville scored twice, the Sabres power play looked lethal, they led in almost every statistical category, shots, hits, takeaways.  The only category they came up short on was the score in a 3-2 shoot out loss to the Montreal Canadiens. This one was a heartbreaker.  The Sabres had a 2-1 lead midway thru the third period until they gave up a shorthanded goal, one that Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner described as a lucky shot.  Lucky or not, it tied the score setting up overtime, then a shoot out where the Sabres have been brutal the past few years.  And the end result has just been so familiar. The Sabres went 0 for 3 against Montreal goaltender Carey Price while Jonathan Drouin undressed Robin Lehner for the only goal in the shoot out and that’s all the Canadiens needed to walk out of KeyBank Center a winner. For the Sabres, another lost point in the standings.  Points in October are just as important as they are in March and April.  But you can’t win shoot outs if you can’t score and it’s the same tired story for this Buffalo franchise.  New general manager, new coach, new players – same result and that’s the name of the game. The Sabres are on the road Saturday night against the New York Islanders, then return home for a Monday afternoon game against the New Jersey Devils.

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