An exciting night for the Buffalo Sarbes all around on a late season Friday night. The Buffalo Sabres score two goals in a matter of 12 seconds to defeat the Ottawa Senators, and newcomer Johan Larsson, recently acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild scores his first goal with the Buffalo Sabres organization.
Larsson’s goal was his first for the Rochester Americans in his first game with the team after being moved over to the Rochester Americans. Unfortunately for the Amerks that was the only bright spot on the night for the Rochester Americans. David Leggio was beat three times and Rochester couldn’t come back with enough force to unseat the two goal lead, and the Amerks miss out on the chance to build upon the widening gap between them and the first place Toronto Marlies.
The loss drops the Rochester Americans from fighting for the top spot in the Western Conference to now holding onto the seventh playoff spot in the conference. They will be able to try and regain some positioning in the standings tonights when they take on the Adirondack Phantoms in a 7PM contest. The Amerks are now 9 points behind the Toronto Marlies for first in the conference, and stand only three points ahead of the ninth place team.
Rochester has lost their game in hand advantage – but are still comfortably in a playoff spot, but can be unseated if they take any sort of time off and try to coast through the end of the regular season. Tonight’s game would be a good way to get two points and get back into the swing of things, the Phantoms are the worst in the Eastern Conference – and are only two points better than the Hamilton Bulldogs for the top spot in the draft at the end of the season.