The Buffalo Sabres were a successful team on the road. But that didn’t stop them from losing a few heartbreakers in their opponents’ arenas.
It’s always refreshing to see teams improve to the point that the real challenge involves finding enough (road) heartbreakers to fit into a single article. And while the Buffalo Sabres had more than a few frustrating losses this season, only a few occurred outside KeyBank Center.
Below, you will relive five games that, had things turned out differently, could have catapulted the Blue and Gold into the playoffs this past season. But then again, we also know the Sabres won a few games that they probably shouldn’t have, so I guess at the end of the day (or season), it evens things out. Anyway, let’s check out these five games.
Most heartbreaking road losses for the 2022-23 Buffalo Sabres
5 – Sabres squander two-goal lead in third period to Blackhawks
I remember saying to myself that the Sabres were “just 20 short minutes from yet another big win over the Chicago Blackhawks.” Then things started to unravel at the 1:34 mark of the third frame, when Philipp Kurashev scored to bring Chicago within one goal.
But it also looked like Buffalo would hang on, as no one scored over the next 18-and-a-half minutes before Seth Jones scored at the 19:04 mark, forcing an overtime frame. Jones struck again halfway through overtime, ending the Sabres chances of getting back on track during what looked like a tumultuous January.
But if there was one positive from this game, Buffalo ironically GOT their act together afterward, as they finished the month 5-0-1. And if you’re looking for what happened during that one overtime loss to end January, look no further than the next game on this list.
4 – Sabres lose in a shootout to the Wild
The Buffalo Sabres took an early lead thanks to Jack Quinn scoring unassisted, but Joel Eriksson answered with a power play goal to tie the game at the 3:35 mark. Zemgus Girgensons broke through to score at the 9:50 mark of the second, but Jared Spurgeon answered fewer than three minutes later.
After a scoreless third period, the game went into overtime, where neither Buffalo nor Minnesota could score the game-winner. Minnesota went on to have three successful penalty shots in a row and it was enough for them to escape with the win.