One of the down points of this team over the last few years, is they let teams stay in the game on too many occasions.
That was the downfall of the Buffalo Sabres against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night in downtown Buffalo. We jumped out to a late first period lead on probably the best play of the year so far, a 3 on 1 that ended in a pretty goal by Mike Grier. Almost immediately the Canadiens found the net behind Patrick Lalime.
Midway through the second Jordan Leopold continued his decent play by contributing on offense for his fourth of the year – only to have the lead snuffed out again less than fifty seconds later. Leopolds four goals is second in the league for defensemen; only Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien has more,
Pouliot made the game unreachable by netting the third Montreal goal near the end of the second.
I can’t say that I gave this game the full amount of attention – my wife and I were fortunate enough not to have the kids tonight – so we were able to enjoy dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens – and then we headed to the game. Our reservations at dinner ran late – so we missed the first period. We ended up never making it to our seats, watching the game from the main bar on the concourse of the arena.
Tonight the Sabres look to get above .500 on the road, facing a Toronto team that is coming down to earth after a decent run at the top of the Northeast. Unfortunately, Ryan Miller will be watching from the press box – and he has picked up 10 wins over the past two seasons against the Maple Leafs.