The Colorado Avalanche came rolling into the First Niagara Center tonight, looking to take on the struggling Sabres team.
Colorado, standing at 6-1-0 would be facing a slightly different defense from the previous games.Oct 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) makes a save on Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Apparently only nine games is all Rolston needed out of the number eight draft pick in Rasmus Ristolainen.
Ristolainen is officially heading up the I90 to Rochester with the 16th pick, Nikita Zadorov making his way to Buffalo for tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Ryan Miller was in net again, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Colorado’s net.
Colorado took little time at all getting the puck into the net, as Ryan O’Reilly wristed a shot past Miller 8:11 into the opening period to put the Avs up 1-0.
Only about 3 minutes later, Gabriel Landeskog made it 2-0 as he wrapped around the net and stuffed the puck past Miller.
At the end of the first, the Avs were cruising with the dreaded two goal lead, 2-0. The shot count read, 14-3 in favor of Colorado.
The start of the second could not have started any worse for Buffalo.
Just 56 seconds into the middle period, Matt Duchene managed to deflect a shot from O’Reilly passed the pads of Miller, and the Avalanche now lead by three goals.
Cody Hodgson made a dent in the score five and a half minutes into the second.
Thomas Vanek cleared the puck out of the Sabres zone, where Drew Stafford picked up the puck and sent it over to Hodgson. Hodgson carried the puck to the top of the faceoff circle in Colorado’s zone, ripped a shot and put it right in the back of the net.Oct 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) looking for a pass in front of Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Colorado put the Sabres back down when Paul Stastny took a pass from Landeskog and wristed a shot into Buffalo’s net.
At the end of the second, the scoreboard read 4-1 and shots were 22-14.
Buffalo came flying out of the locker room for the start of the third. Much like the past few games, Buffalo showed how youthful it’s team is late in games.
Buffalo notched their second goal of the game when Marcus Foligno collected a shot that hit off the crossbar and spun a wrist-shot into the Colorado net over a sprawling Giguere.
The goal came off of constant shooting and pressure from the team as a whole.
Buffalo seemed stronger and more physical as the third period continued, pressuring Giguere constantly, hoping to make any chance possible.
But, two just wasn’t enough, as the Sabres fell, for the second straight game and ninth of the season, 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Sabres try to get back on the winning side of things as they host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday October 23rd.