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Jan 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Phil Varone (84) celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals: Reactions

In the beginning of the season, the Buffalo Sabres didn’t know how to score or play defense.

Then, when Ted Nolan took over, the team started playing decent defense, but lacked any offensive prowess.

Lately, the Sabres have learned to score, but the defense is lacking. This was evident in tonight’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Cody Hodgson continued his hot streak for Buffalo since returning from injury, as he potted a pair of goals. Unfortunately, Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green each had a pair of scores for the Caps. Aside from the defensive lapses, the Sabres played an entertaining game, and stayed in it until Green’s OT winner.

Ville Leino continues to be a major disappointment. This is a guy that I saw score a goal at First Niagara Center once. Unfortunately, it was an OT goal in Game 6 of the playoffs for the Philadelphia Flyers to defeat the Sabres on an Easter Sunday. What is wrong with this guy? NO GOALS THIS YEAR? He cant even average one shot per game? Can we dump him now?

Mike Weber was someone that I used to have high hopes for, but it is becoming apparent that he may never find himself a consistent game. I love that he hits. I hate that he is second to last in the NHL in plus/minus. Weber also threw a pair of questionable hits in the game, including one near the end while the game was tied 4-4. If he had been caught, it would have been an awful turn for Buffalo.

Marcus Foligno had a great game, and made a dazzling move to set up Phil Varone for his first NHL goal of his career. I am not particularly a Brian Flynn fan, but he complemented the line well.

Tyler Myers appeared to disappear tonight, and didn’t have his legs moving. Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis earned themselves a pair of assists tonight.

Overall, I am just sick of the inconsistent defense. Between Weber, Jamie McBain, Henrik Tallinder, and Alex Sulzer, improvements need to be made. Good thing Buffalo has players like Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, and Jake McCabe making their way through the system. It also remains to be seen whether Chad Ruhwedel, Mark Pysyk, and Brayden McNabb will develop into solid NHL D-men.

What are your thoughts on the game? Leave some comments below!

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