Another Galling Loss by the Buffalo Sabres
Here's a team that just seems to hate prosperity. For the second game in a row the Buffalo Sabres blew a 2-goal third period lead and lost. Sunday night the Arizona Coyotes were trailing 2-0 midway thru the third period but scored three straight goals to beat the Sabres 3-2. Tuesday night in Buffalo the Sabres scored early in third to take a 4-2 lead, but seemed to sit back and allow the Nashville Predators to take over the game. Nashville scored twice to tie the game, then won it in overtime 5-4.
The Sabres twice had a 2-goal lead in this one. Buffalo went up 2-0 in the first period, but Nashville came back to tie it 2-2. The Sabres built their 2-goal lead again in the third only let Nashville back in it again.
In overtime, the Sabres had a great chance to win it when they had a 4 on 3 power play and twice they caught one of the Nashville players without a stick, but still couldn't score. Once the power play was over the Predators needed just one shot to win it - game over.
Brian Gionta, Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane and Jake McCabe scored the Buffalo goals, but they weren't enough. Robin Lehner was cleared to play after sitting out the Arizona game, but he didn't have a very good game. The Sabres can't expect the goaltender to bail them out every time. And that's what's happened far too often this season.
The Sabres have lost four in a row. The fans deserve better.
The Sabres simply are not a very good hockey team. They need help in all areas and despite the talent they do have they're just not equipped mentally or emotionally to play with a lead. Whether that's the fault of the players or the coaching staff or a disconnect between the two....it's a mystery.
Robin Lehner was cleared to play after sitting out the Arizona game, but he didn't have a very good game. The Sabres can't expect the goaltender to bail them out every time. And that's what's happened far too often this season.
The Sabres host Arizona on Thursday.