After one of the most fun games of the year on Saturday against Minnesota, the Sabres played like absolute garbage in every facet of tonight’s game, getting shut out at home 4-0 by the Flyers.
Horrible start for the Sabres tonight, especially defensively as we went into the first intermission down 3-0 to one of the worst offenses in the league in the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly scored first on a Zack MacEwen goal just 2:04 into the game. The Sabres defense actually looked good and then it just fell apart as MacEwen got right in front and tipped the puck past Anderson. They scored again to make it 2-0 at the 13:31 point in the game on a nice shot from Joel Farabee. Then just 1:27 later, they scored again. Travis Konecny dangled in the front of the net with horrible defense for the Sabres and after Craig Anderson made the first save on it, Noah Cates got an easy rebound on it past him to put the Flyers up 3-0. The Sabres got dominated in shots 16-5 and got outplayed by an expected goal rate of 1.82-0.59 in the first. Horrible.
The Sabres played WAY better in the second period and got a ton of chances but with Samuel Ersson playing great in goal for the Flyers, we went into the second intermission with the same score as the first, down 3-0. Much better period though on both ends of the ice.
The Flyers took a 4-0 lead just 1:56 into the third period. Kevin Hayes got a shot on net and with the Sabres defense getting caught sleeping in front, Wade Allison tipped the puck past Anderson. We again had some nice chances in the third but couldn’t capitalize, giving Ersson his first career NHL shutout in a 4-0 loss.
Final: Sabres 0, Flyers 4
What a pathetic fucking game. The Sabres struggled in every aspect of tonight’s game. We got off to a horrendous start with the lousy defense and bad goaltending from Anderson and then weren’t able to get the offense going all game, despite having some decent chances. What a letdown game against one of the worst teams in the NHL this season. We got outshot 38-28 and although we technically outplayed Philly by an expected goal rate of 3.13-2.86 and had one more scoring chance than they did (21-20), it didn’t look it. Pathetic effort by the Sabres.
Like our captain Kyle Okposo said in the postgame, one of my favorite all time quotes, “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work”.
Complete dud of a game for the Sabres for just our second loss in our last ten games. How disappointing. Tomorrow night I’ll be in attendance as we take on the Kraken at home. Better bounce back in that tougher matchup and put up tonight’s game in the rearview mirror.
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