The Buffalo Sabres wasted a golden opportunity to pick up valuable points against the worst team in the league.  The Sabres fell into a 3-0 hole in the first period and never recovered in a 5-3 against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sabres were coming off a 5-day break and instead of looking rested, they looked disorganized.  Their passes were off, their shots were off target and they were miserable in the defensive zone.  Essentially, the league-mandated break took away the momentum they had in the past couple of weeks.

The Sabres looked to be finding their skating legs late in the first period and into the second when they closed to within 3-2, then later made it 4-3.  With time winding down the officials failed to call two obvious fouls on Jack Eichel in the offensive zone.  One of them was a trip right in front of the referee and he let it go.  With Robin Lehner out of the net for an extra attacker, the Avalanche were able to intercept a pass and score into an empty net to clinch it.

Sam Reinhart, Marcus Foligno and Evan Rodriguez, his first of the season, scored the Buffalo goals.  It's the Sabres sixth straight loss in Colorado.

If the Sabres couldn't beat the worst team in the league, let's see how they do against the second-worst team in the league.  The Sabres move on to play the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night.