It took the Sabres 40 minutes to finaly get bodies to the net

November 01, 2018 - 9:44 pm

Ottawa, ON (WGR 550) - Carter Hutton got behind 3-0, but he also had some horrible luck. On the Senators' second goal, Dylan DeMelo’s shot from the point went off the back wall and then hit Hutton in the back and went in.

On the third goal, Hutton got wiped out by his own man, leaving half the net wide open for Colin White.

Buffalo had some great chances of its own, but twice on 2-on-1 breaks, Vladimir Sobotka and Jack Eichel got in too deep and didn’t get shots.

The Sabres got themselves out of this one thanks to another parade to the penalty box. Two straight penalties in the first period resulted in Ryan Dzingel’s power play goal. Three more in the second took the Sabres right out of their rhythm.

Buffalo had 12 shots in the first period and 13 in the second, but Craig Anderson was able to save almost everything because rarely was there a Sabre in front of him.

It was Jason Pominville’s 1,000th NHL game and he had a great chance in the first period on a wrap-around, but DeMelo got his stick on it to knock it away.

To start the third period there was finally some traffic in front of Anderson and Pominville tipped in his sixth goal of the season. Just 2:56 later, Jeff Skinner got to the net a tipped a Rasmus Ristolainen shot past Anderson and the power play goal made it 3-2.

It just makes you wonder why they can’t get traffic around the goaltender to start the game.

Buffalo kept the pressure up in the third period, out-shooting the Senators 14-4 halfway through. Remi Elie had two great chances to tie the game because he worked to get free around Anderson. They out-shot them 23-8 in the third, but it was too little, too late.

You can't come out early and take a flock of penalties, let the other goalie have an easy time of it and expect to win. They showed in the third what they're made of, but in the last three games, it's only come in spurts and it's resulted in just two points and three losses.

If the parade to the penalty box continues, start taking ice-time away from the culprits. Many of the penalties are lazy stick penalties where if they took one more stride, they'd be fine.

Buffalo doesn't have to sit on this loss very long as Ottawa comes to Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.

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