Sabres Dominate, But Lose Badly
Sometimes all you can do is throw your hands up in disgust. That's what Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley appeared to do after the Chicago Blackhawks stung the Sabres with a 7-3 defeat in the first of Buffalo's seven-game homestand. I don't think I've ever seen Housley as angry as he was after this game.
The Sabres dominated play at times as they have in a number of games this year, but as they often do they fail to score at one end of the ice and when the puck goes the other way it often ends up in the back of the Buffalo net. Housley called it a lack of respect for their own net and it led to a number of odd-man rushes that the Blackhawks capitalized on and no one did more damage that Patrick Kane. Kane was easily the best player on the ice with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. It moved him to 900 points for his career.
The Sabres outshot the Blackhawks 43-29, but the Hawks had the better chances and made them count. The Sabres on the other hand so often pass up scoring opportunities and don't even get a shot on goal and those deflections end up going the other way. And that's the lack of respect for their own net Housley was talking about.
Jack Eichel, Jason Pominville and Kyle Okposo had the Buffalo goals. Okposo's goal was on the power play - finally. Carter Hutton stopped only 17 of 21 shots and was replaced by Linus Ullmark in the third period.
The Sabres host Minnesota on Tuesday night.