The good, the bad, and the ugly in the Buffalo Sabres loss to New Jersey

Oct 27, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 27, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Buffalo Sabres played a poor third period, and it ultimately cost them the game. But the outing wasn’t completely ill-fated.

The Buffalo Sabres struggled through yet another bad third period, and in many cases, the contest looked like a repeat of what we saw on Monday night – two solid but unspectacular periods of hockey followed by a bad final frame, and it’s why the Blue and Gold are skating back to the City of Good Neighbors with just two points on this mini-road trip.

But it didn’t mean everything went wrong, because Buffalo still kept it a game and put up four goals in the process. That accounts for something, but once again, the bad and the ugly outweighed the good.

Buffalo’s persistent defensive meltdowns and goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (and earlier Eric Comrie) didn’t do enough to save the situation. And as already mentioned, a bad third period once again haunted the Sabres. Let’s look at each of the issues.

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Oct 27, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Erik Johnson (6) reacts after a call during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Good, bad, and ugly in Buffalo Sabres loss to the Devils

The good – High-octane game making strides

While the Buffalo Sabres had a plethora of miscues offensively (see Section 3) it doesn’t negate the fact that they have scored 10 goals in their previous two outings, including four last night. Say what you will about how badly the Blue and Gold played offensively, and yes, they will get panned later in this piece, but at least it looks like their scorers are finally getting back on track.

Dylan Cozens scored his third goal and seventh point of the season, and he’s third on the team in finding twine, behind only Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner. Speaking of which, Tage made an incredible play last night when he took a pass near the front of the net from Alex Tuch to score his fourth of the season.

Rasmus Dahlin is one of the NHL’s best overall players, and he put up his first goal and eighth total point of the year. Through eight games, the stellar blueliner leads the team in points and is on pace to rack up 82 by the time mid-April rolls around.