It was a battle of the bottom-feeders tonight, as the Buffalo Sabres took on the Edmonton Oilers at home tonight – a 3-2 loss for Buffalo.
Personally, I was not too impressed with the Sabres. Sure, they were in the game, but giving up a goal just 30 seconds in doesn’t do much to raise the spirits. Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov ended up with an astounding 42 saves – but don’t be fooled, most of the Sabres shots were not quality chances.
Buffalo netminder Jhonas Enroth gave a middle-of-the-road performance, turning in 25 saves. This guy could give the Sabres skaters a million dollars to split if they could help him win a game at this point, and he would still lose.
Christian Ehrhoff made the knucklehead play of the game, as he tried to play a puck before fully hitting the ice. He also managed a minus 2 for the night. Fellow defensemen Jamie McBain and Alex Sulzer were generally useless tonight.
Steve Ott put in a pretty good performance, pocketing himself one goal, and nearly scoring on another that blasted the post. He also led Buffalo with 22 minutes of ice time.
The refs earned their money by robbing Marcus Foligno of what should have been the tying goal, and provided no excuse or explanation on why the goal was waved off. They blew their whistle a solid 2
minutes seconds after the puck was in the net.
Drew Stafford made his return from an injury, and did alright. He scored the Sabres only other goal. Tyler Ennis fired 6 shots on net, and had nothing to show for it. Linus Omark had a chance to prove his former team wrong for never giving him a true shot in the NHL, and blew it.
This was one of those games where Buffalo desperately needed a true scoring leader, someone to step up and lead the charge, but none was there. Sorry fans, but my former neighbor Ryan Callahan is not that answer. Maybe if the Sabres keep losing, Sam Reinhart or Connor McDavid will be that answer in a few years.