When will they figure it out? If you take a team out of a game, you beat them. Well the Sabres did not take out the Atlanta Thrashers tonight, and the Thrashers made them pay, on the power play, five on five, and even shorthanded. To top the night off they scored with 3.5 seconds left in order to send the game to overtime.
The Sabres again decided taking time off from the game would be a good idea. They didn’t start playing until midway through the second period. Thankfully for them it was only 1-0 Atlanta when they peppered the Thrasher net for three goals in just under 7 minutes.
The trouble was, they figured that was enough, and stopped playing again. One more goal would have sealed the deal. Hell, if Pominville wouldn’t have whiffed on his clearing attempt in the closing seconds they would have sealed the deal.
On a good note, all of the teams in front of the Sabres lost as well. Carolina and Florida both took their games to shootouts as well, so the Sabres did not gain any ground against them. Montreal lost to New Jersey, so the Sabres grabbed one point against them.
Lindy, you overused one goalie this year and last year. Patrick Lalime is not going to be able to play every game through the end of the year or Ryan Miller returns, which ever comes first – Darcy got you an NHL goalie for a reason.
Maybe thats the problem, a lot of the Sabres losing ways has to do with the players on the ice; but when management can’t fix those problems, the problem lies with them.