This is not a game recap.
A game recap goes like this: The Boston Bruins, the team with the 5th most points in the NHL, shut out the Buffalo Sabres, the team with the 5th fewest points in the NHL, by a score of 2-0. This is an exact quote from my girlfriend, who attended tonight’s game with me: “What are you supposed to write? The Sabres didn’t do anything. None of them did their jobs.” That my friends is the game summary.
Saturday’s loss to the Washington Capitals was frustrating, as to how close the Sabres were to moving towards a playoff spot with a victory. Tonight’s loss was again frustrating, considering how close the Sabres could have been to getting towards a playoff spot with another victory. Despite the back-to-back losses, the Sabres are STILL only 3 points away from the final playoff spot. But, don’t kid yourselves folks, this team is not a playoff team.
When the first period ended in a scoreless tie, Buffalo was still in the game. When the second period ended in a scoreless tie, the Sabres were still in the game. Then David Krejci scored with 8 minutes left in the third period followed up by Nathan Horton’s goal to seal the game 3 minutes later.
Throughout the game, the Sabres were listless. Lifeless. Lackadaisical. Effortless. Emotionless. Empty.
Various members of the team played as if they were hoping for the same fate as Jordan Leopold; being traded to a playoff-bound team, rather than fighting for a playoff spot with their current team. The pitiful and putrid power-play went 0-4 on the night. The team appeared exasperated, and looked like they were waiting for a mystical savior to appear on the ice and rescue them, reinvigorate them, resurrect them. Not on this Easter.
The lack of intensity seemed to translate itself to the crowd, as the fans at First Niagara Center were very quiet, very dead. I heard ‘Lets Go Bruins’ chants; I did not hear a ‘Lets Go Buffalo’ chant once.
Even though there are 12 games to go, it may be time for this club to officially throw in the towel, trade who they can for some prospects and draft picks and focus on a rebuild. As much as I would like to them to be victorious, and see a playoff series, the players themselves seem disinterested in working together, as a team. It is very evident that multiple members of the Sabres are talented in their own rights having their own roles and skills, but they are simply unable to combine them and work as a team, driven together towards a goal.
The ‘maybe next game’ phrases is running out of time. In just a few weeks, it will become ‘maybe next season.’