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Sabres falter late, lose to Kings

Late penalties doom Buffalo as team fails to thwart Kings power play unit

Recap

Another game played, another loss for the Buffalo Sabres, who fell to the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2. Five games into the season the Sabres are at the bottom of the league with a 0-4-1 record.

Jack Eichel had a strong game overall with a multi-point effort, however it was not enough to propel the Sabres to their first victory of the season.

The real story here is the performance of the Sabres penalty kill. The Kings came into this game without a power play goal this season. The Sabres penalty kill was less than stellar, allowing the Kings to break that streak and record three power play goals. On the note of special teams, the Sabres power play was unsuccessful in their ability to find the back of the net. The first line power play unit looked dangerous at times, however the team went 0-3 on the night.

Secondary scoring continues to remain an issue. Reinhart had a couple of good looks and Griffith was robbed on a brilliant pass from Eichel by Jonathan Quick.

The Sabres found themselves with their first lead of the west coast trip late in the first period. Another two-on-one resulting in a Eichel primary assist. Zemgus Girgensons was able to bury a perfect pass to put the Sabres up 1-0. Jordan Nolan delivered a tone-setting hit on former teammate Alec Martinez. Nolan returned to Los Angeles, where he’d spent the past seven seasons. At the beginning of the contest, The Kings played a tribute video to the long time enforcer.

The second period wasn’t quite as kind to the Sabres. The Kings were able to tie up the game at one. Also, a good portion of the play, especially towards the end of the period was in the Sabres own end.

Jack Eichel made a statement goal after a questionable penalty call. This allowed the Sabres to tie the game back up at 2-2 in the third period. Evander Kane ended up taking an unnecessary penalty late in the third period. When coupled by a weak Sabres penalty kill this was the final dagger to the heart of the Sabres.

On a positive note, the defense has looked more stable in regards to reducing the number of breakaways and odd man rushes. With that being said the offensive pressure and opportunities still need more work, it looks like coach Housley’s system is taking more time than most fans want to take effect.

Frustration was clear on the players faces as this one came to a close. The Sabres are in a difficult position at 0-4-1. Hopefully that frustration translates to improved play. They will try and find their first win tomorrow night against the Anaheim Ducks. Puck drop is at 9 p.m..

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I have been a die-hard Sabres fan since as far back as I can remember. I recall going to the Sabres events where you could meet the players in person as a kid and even get a stick or hat signed. Go Sabres!

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