1 – Devils sink Sabres playoff hopes
Speaking of lost playoff hopes, that became a reality when the Sabres played the New Jersey Devils on April 11th. In short, Buffalo had to win out if they wanted to make the playoffs, and following that heartbreaking loss to Florida, they were doing just that, including a pair of shootout wins in the process.
Then they fell into a 3-1 hole against the Devils heading into the third frame. But as a high-scoring team who excelled on the road, it’s easy to understand why we had hope the Sabres could claw their way back into this one. Only they didn’t, as Tomas Tatar scored at the 7:10 mark in the third period, before Mattias Samuelsson brought the Sabres back within two goals with just under seven minutes remaining.
It wouldn’t be enough, though, as Buffalo had no choice but to empty the net and hope for a miracle. But Tatar and Jack Hughes scored on a pair of empty-netters, which extended the Sabres playoff drought for at least one more season.
(Historical data provided by Hockey-Reference)