I knew it was going to happen this weekend, I just wasn’t sure what game it was going to happen in.
With Lalime in net, the Sabres fell 4-2 to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Sabres looked like they were going to have a chance to send the game into overtime, as Drew Stafford connected a rebound to make it a 3-2 game.
Just like against the Islanders, and many, many times before, the opposing team scored an answer tally before the in arena announcer could tell the fans in the building about the Buffalo goal.
And to make matter worse, it was Max Afinogenov. And it was a typical Max goal, grab the puck; skate like the wind, undress the defensemen and beat the goalie. If the Sabres were winning and the goal ment nothing, I would have been happy for him.
The offense was still getting the shots, the Sabres did not have the urgency to play back to back games, which is a troubling sign given the number of back to back games this team has.
I don’t want to sound to down about this team, this is the first time all season they did not get a point out of a game, and seeing Atlanta on the schedule is just as depressing as seeing Ottawa lately. If this team is going to succeed, Patrick Lalime has to be much better when he is called upon. To allow four goals on just under thirty shots is not what this team needs when their front lines are stalled. The team has to stand up in front of him, and you have to have a sense of urgency when it comes to the puck.
As I watched the game I saw a lot of shots get blocked because we were shooting right at the defensemen, I saw too many lax passes, a forecheck that was all but non-existent. I saw Tyler Myers make his first major mistake of his young career, but he is only added to the list of players that have been undressed by a player like Max.
Minus Thomas Vanek the team is 1-1. Minus Ryan Miller the team is 0-1.
The Sabres have a stretch of days off here to recover from tonights loss, and have an opportunity to bounce right back, as Wednesday against Florida as the start of a Florida road trip.