After a grueling stretch of 11 games in 18 days the Buffalo Sabres will have the next five days to think about their 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Their next game is Saturday in Denver following a league-mandated five-day break.

The Sabres looked like they were out of gas against a Blackhawks team that was fresh off their own five-day break.  The Blackhawks were the better team in all areas of the ice with their key players; Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa all scoring goals while their defense held the Sabres to just one goal - Evander Kane's 21st of the season.

Kane's goal came just seconds before the end of the first period to tie the game, but it was small consolation after the Sabres came up empty on three power play chances in the opening 20 minutes including a 5 on 3 for 1:48.  Chicago goaltender Scott Darling made 25 saves as the Hawks won their sixth straight road game.

So after playing two of the best teams in the league; St. Louis on Saturday and Chicago on Sunday, next weekend the Sabres play the two worst teams in the league; Colorado on Saturday followed by a visit to Phoenix on Sunday.