Yann Danis registered his second shutout of the season and the third of his career and Sean Bergenheim scored two goals as the Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres are now 0-3 without Ryan Miller due to injury, and none of the losses are Patrick Lalimes fault. The Sabres lack of ability to score goals is killing their playoff chances. After a 0-0 first period, the Sabres were in a position to take command of this game and beat a lowly Islanders team that is preparing to dump players at the trade deadline to start rebuilding a dead team with a dead fan base. The Sabres offensive woes continued, even though they had 31 shots, the best of them a Kotalik blast during a 4 on 3, hit the post.
“We had plenty of chances to score, and we didn’t put any in,” Sabres forward Derek Roy said. “It’s definitely frustrating.”
The highlight of the night came around the four and a half minute mark when Adam Mair ran through his check behind the Islanders net, putting Martinek on the ice with a good clean hit, and drawing a penalty as Joe Callahan ran chased down Mair to defend his teammate (are the Sabres taking notes?).
Even with a third straight loss the Sabres hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot thanks to an Atlanta win over Carolina. The Sabres need to start worrying about taking their fate into their own hands, and stop relying on other teams to help them out in the standings. With less than 20 games left to go in the season, and three point games deciding playoff seedings, the Sabres need to start winning in regulation if they don’t want to extend the playoff drought to two season.
Even if the team squeeks into the playoffs with the bottom seed, I can foresee an early exit from the playoffs, because that means drawing Boston in the first round.