As if being the worst team in the NHL was not enough, the Buffalo Sabres managed to reach a new low on the season at the Pepsi Center in Colorado on Saturday. The Sabres were defeated by an embarrassing final score of 7-1, which was the biggest margin of defeat in a single game for this team so far this year.
The offensive firepower of Colorado (34-14-5) made quick work of Team USA’s goaltender, Ryan Miller, and sent him to the bench after the Avs scored five goals through 40 minutes of play. Miller had a shaky start in first period, allowing three goals on eleven shots and was eventually pulled after giving up two more goals in the second period. Jhonas Enroth didn’t fare much better for Buffalo (15-31-8), allowing two more goals in the third.
“I didn’t like our mindset,” Steve Ott said to the media. “They embarrassed us and we embarrassed Ryan Miller.”
On the other end of the ice Team Russia’s Semyon Varlamov had a great game for Colorado, only allowing one goal with 27 saves.
Colorado improved their lead on the powerplay at 11:49 in the first period. Erik Johnson took a wrist shot from the point which was deflected past Miller by Jamie McGinn for his 13th goal of the season. Ryan O’Reilly also got credit for an assist on the play.
The Avs wasted no time extending their lead to three less than a minute later. A 3-on-2 rush allowed MacKinnon to find Gabriel Landeskog to the right of Miller who buried it for his fifteenth of the season at 12:47.
The Sabres could not hold off Colorado in the second period and allowed Marc-Andre Cliche to score the first goal of his NHL career. McGinn fired a shot off the boards that rebounded right to Patrick Bordeleau who made a quick pass to Cliche across the crease for the easy put away at 6:05.
Buffalo finally got on the board with a powerplay goal at 11:45. Tyler Ennis fired a shot towards Varlamov and Matt D’Agostini was right there for the rebound and scored his 3rd goal of the season. Christian Ehrhoff also assisted on the goal.
The offensive dominance for the Avalanche continued as they scored another powerplay goal. Johnson made a nice move in the neutral zone to get past Buffalo’s defenders and left the puck for Nathan MacKinnon who fired a wrist shot past Miller for his third point of the game.
Enroth replaced Miller in the third period but was unable to hold off Colorado’s attack. Landeskog and McGinn both scored for the Avs in the third period giving them the 7-1 advantage.
Buffalo hopes to rebound on Monday against the Edmonton Oilers at home.