The Sabres got stoned by Henrik Lundqvist

November 04, 2018 - 9:58 pm
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New York, NY (WGR 550) - Coming into the game on Sunday the Sabres had the top three scorers in the NHL since Oct. 20. That’s when Phil Housley put Jeff Skinner up with Jack Eichel and Jason Pominville.

Since then Skinner and Pominville have the league lead in scoring. Skinner has eight goals and five assists for 13 points while Pominville has seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Eichel is third with a goal and 11 assists for 12 points while former Sabre Ryan O’Reilly is fourth with 11 points.

In the first period, the Sabres were strong at both ends of the ice, but Henrik Lundqvist was the difference. Early on Casey Nelson blasted a rocket from the left circle that got through Lundqvist, but didn’t quite have enough oomph to cross the line.

Buffalo had 15 shots on goal, but shot wide four or five times on two power plays. I did like the quick movement on the two man advantages, but you’re not going to score if you don’t hit the net.

The second period started off with two Buffalo chances and then the roof fell in when the Rangers hit for two goals in 19 seconds. Both shots by Neal Pionk and Jimmy Vesey were screened by Sabres defensemen.

By the end of the second period the Sabres had to be heading back to their locker room wondering how to beat Lundqvist. He has been there at every turn making save after save against a team that was all over him.

After two periods Lundqvist had 30 saves and was fortunate almost just as many went wide or were blocked.

In the third period the Sabres finally got one past Lundqvist. Conor Sheary fanned on a great chance right in front, but it put the goaltender down and he stayed with it and scored his fifth on a rebound. That goal came at 6:07 and gave the Sabres plenty of time to try to tie it.

The Rangers didn’t get a power play until 12:40 of the third period. Zach Bogosian went for slashing taking two minutes away from getting the tying goal. Johan Larsson did lead a 2-on-1 shorthanded, but Lundqvist made the save.

I can’t fault the Sabres effort in the least. The difference in this game was the man that for many years was the best goaltender in the world. Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves and stole two points for his team. That just happens in an 82 game schedule and it happened to the Sabres on Sunday night.

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