The Sabres second trip to the ScotiaBank Center ended in the same manner as the first, with a loss. Ryan Miller played an excellent game, holding the Sabres in a 1-0 game until the last two minutes of play.
The Sabres offense stalled and was shutout again, as it seemed they had a very difficult time getting their legs underneath them. I watched many plays start to unfold, and then collapse as passes and assignments were missed. The Sens were all over the puck as if the Sabres had broadcase their every move into the Sens locker room.
Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott continued his domination over the Sabres – now with a lifetime record of 6-0 against the Sabres.
The entire bench was flatlined tonight, offense, defense, power play and penalty kill. Not only could the power play not put the puck in the net, they took a penalty while attacking on a 5 minute Jarko Ruutu boarding major.
Ruutu was lucky to only get away with a 5 minute penalty, and should expect to hear from the league on that hit. It was very clear that he made no intention of letting up, despite coming at Kaleta from behind, and used his shoulder to hit Kaleta in the head. Lindy Ruff explained Pat’s status as “NOT GOOD” after the game.
Russ also let the media know that at least seven members of the team were suffering from food poisoning througout the game – which coudl attribute to the very weak effort put forth by most of the team. Sluggish feet, missed passes; and overall lame attempts.
The Sabres next test will come Friday as Toronto looks to rebound after a drumming from Pheonix.