The Buffalo Sabres need to make up their minds. In the first period, they looked like the team that was ready to roll over, to get kicked in the back as many times as they could by their remaining opponents en route to just putting themselves out of misery.
It took the Sabres almost seven minutes to get their first shot on goal. The problem was, Alex Ovechkin picked up the first goal of the game on the Washington Capitals first shot on net just 19 seconds into the game.
For some guys on the team, the season is over and they are just biding their time until the trade that takes them out of Buffalo – or their contract takes them out of Buffalo. They are playing as if the games don’t matter – and win or lose they still get a paycheck. Some guys continue to have decent games despite the lack of effort from the rest of the roster.
Cody Hodgson put a goal in just 12 seconds into the second period to give the Sabres and their faithful fans false hope in the second period. Hodgson would add a second goal, but similar to the Drew Stafford multiple goal night, it wasn’t enough to propel the Buffalo Sabres into a winning position.
Three goals later the Washington Capitals put three more goals in and jumped back into a lead that the Buffalo Sabres couldn’t overcome.
Sure the Buffalo Sabres are terrible, but from the sounds of the NBC broadcasters – and maybe it is the truth – but they could have lay it on any thicker you would think the Buffalo Sabres have been in last place for the past three to four seasons and can never get anything right.
Ryan Miller should have never seen the third period. The three goals in about five minutes should have been the end of the night for him. Jhonas Enroth would have given the Buffalo Sabres no better a chance at winning tonight – but running with the status quo while you are getting run over – means your going to lose another game.
Ron Rolston is on a National Hockey League tryout, and he is coaching like he has his hands tied by the organization – he is not playing like an interim coach who wants to keep his job behind the bench for the parent organization.
Tuesday is another night, and Buffalo can try it again against the red hot Montreal Canadiens.