The Sabres did it again, they spotted an opponent 20 minutes, and were down 4-0 because of it.
This hole was a little too big to climb out of, but they almost did it. Ryan Miller was near perfect in relief of Patrick Lalime – but a late third period tally by the Ducks erased the Sabres hopes of at least getting a point. Hecht pulled the Sabres back to within 1 with the only goal that end of the arena saw, but with under a minute to play, getting that fifth goal seemed elusive.
As much smack as I talked about poor referreeing last week, it seems the Zebra’s got one right in this game. What appeared to be a goal off a high stick actually went in off the Buffalo defensemen.
I almost made it to bed around midnight, if the Ducks would have scored early in the second, it would have been lights out for me. Instead, the comeback kids tried pulling the wool over the eyes of another team, so I stayed up until the final horn.
What worries me the most about the first period, is if Lindy’s confidence in Lalime will still be there. He can’t be faulted for all four goals, and the team in front of him offered little help the first ten minutes of the period, but four goals on 11 shots in just over nine minutes.
With five points in the bag with three games to go, the Sabres still have the possibility of coming home with eleven out of the fourteen points of this road trip. If they end up bringing home nine or ten points I’ll take it.
Tim Connolly increased his point streak, and Tim Kennedy watched the team play again. I can’t wait to see how the kid responds to the benching.
Another late night tomorrow as the Sabres face off against the Kings at 10 PM. Los Angeles is fighting to hold onto the eighth and final spot in the West, so the game has a lot of meaning for both teams, as the Sabres have fallen back into second place in the East behind Washington.