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KneeJerk Reaction: Buffalo Sabres Fall to Ottawa Senators

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The losing streak for the Buffalo Sabres hit three once again, with little time before facing off against their next opponents.

While they were able to get three goals themselves, the Ottawa Senators struck for three in the first to keep the lead the entire game.

Defense continues to be the story, as both Tyler Myers – despite playing a more physical game came up on the negative side of things.

Jordan Leopold had himself a goal and an assist – but was on the ice for a Senators goal, so he still had his problems. Leopold was on the ice the second longest of all Buffalo Sabres – second to only Mike Weber who played just over 19 minutes.

For his first game in a Buffalo Sabres uniform, Adam Pardy played the part of the fill in defenseman well, and if he continues to play this way – he is going to make it very hard for the Buffalo Sabres to make a decision when all blue liners are healthy – they either keep Pardy, or lose him to waivers.  For his first game, Pardy was third on the team in ice time – and picked up an assist.

Jhonas Enroth continues to be struggling in the net, a by product of his game as well as the team in front of him.  He has not won a game since last season – his losing streak continues and now reaches a dozen games.

It’s a tough loss, but you didn’t get buried by the Ottawa Senators.  Until Jason Pominville made it a game by scoring with just over 6 minutes to play.  The Buffalo Sabres waited to long to have their first line – one of the hottest in the league bail them out completely.  For much of the game the first line of Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek, and Pominville seemed to struggle with the puck.  Pominville had three shots on goal, Vanek was only able to get one, and Hodgson never got the puck on the net.

You could say the game was a step in the right direction, but this team is still a long shot to turn things around.

 

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