Buffalo Sabres Lose Fan Appreciation Night Home Finale
Perhaps in the end it was only fitting that the Buffalo Sabres would lose their final home game of the season on Fan Appreciation Night. They have a better record on the road than they did at First Niagara Center this season and with a few more wins at home who knows what could have been. The Sabres finish with 38 of a possible 82 points on home ice this season. That's only .460 while they'll finish at least .500 on the road even if they lose their final game.
The Sabres at times dominated Friday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the difference was Columbus was able to capitalize on the good chances they got and the Sabres could not. A power play goal by Sam Reinhart in the second period, his 23rd of the season, tied the score at 1-1, but the Blue Jackets scored twice more in the second period and again in the third and won easily 4-1.
Jason Kasdorf fresh out of college and recently signed to a pro contract by the Sabres got the start in goal for Buffalo and quickly learned NHL players are much faster than what he faced in college. He may turn out to be a great goaltender some day, but his first game in the NHL is probably one he'll want to forget. After the game he admitted it's a much faster game than what he's seen and that there were a couple of shots he wished he had back.
The Sabres close the season on Saturday night against the New York Islanders.