The Sabres dropped their third straight game (all at home), falling to the Devils 1-0 in overtime.
New Jersey earned their first win of the season. They have been playing with 15 skaters due to cap space. Well, it worked out for them. Ilya Kovalchuk’s quick shot beat Ryan Miller to give New Jersey the victory.
The Devils played their usual, slow and boring game of hockey, and it worked perfectly to their advantage. The defensive style of play and “the trap” led the Devils to their first win of the season.
So, what’s the excuse for this game? The game against the Rangers was a complete throw-away, since that way probably the worst I had seen the team play in years. The players were too worried about Jason Pominville during the Chicago game. So now what?
Should Sabres fans be concerned? I think so.
Yes, the Sabres have been playing some tough opponents, but that should not matter. Buffalo started the season out with an exciting win over the Senators. You would think that they would come back and be amped up for the home opener.
After Friday’s game, the Sabres will play six out of the next seven on the road. Buffalo needs to get it together and salvage something from this four game homestand. One point out of a possible eight is not acceptable, regardless of who you are playing.
Lindy Ruff needs to get this team going quickly or he won’t be getting a contract extension. He may not even finish the season as head coach.
Shaone Morrisonn suffered a groin injury and will miss some time. “It doesn’t look good,” said Lindy Ruff during the post game press conference.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple leafs improved to 3-0 on the season with a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Former Sabres Clarke MacArthur now has four goals on the season.
The Sabres will host Montreal on Friday and head to Chicago the day after.