Buffalo - January 14, 2015 - Following every Sabres game, we’ll be taking a little look at the previous night’s action with a little segment called “good, bad and ugly”. Expect a loooooooot of ugly.
The Sabres continue their losing ways, dropping their 12th in 13 games after a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Nothing about the game was worth mentioning for the Sabres, but the good of the night came in the retirement of the legendary Dominik Hasek’s #39. He finally takes his place among the rafters at the First Niagra Center with the rest of the blue and gold greats such as Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, Rick Martin and Tim Horton.
Hasek was the face of the Sabres throughout the 1990s, winning the Vezina Trophy six times and the Hart Trophy in back-to-back seasons, the only goalie in NHL history to do so. He was also in net the last time the Sabres made it to the Stanley Cup Final, a six game loss to the Dallas Stars in 1999.
“The Dominator” is finally back where he belongs.
What in the blue hell happened to the special teams? Normally, it’s the Sabres scoring the shorthanded goals, not their opponents. Yet it was Darren Helm getting the scoring started midway through the first with a shorty.
The penalty kill, which has been awful of late, gave up a goal to Gustav Nyquist on the Wings’ second opportunity of the night. The Sabres began the year with what seemed like a good group on the penalty kill and things have just gotten ugly. The last time these two played, the Wings lit up the night on special teams with a trio of third period power play goals.
It’s just kind of stunning how bad the Sabres are across the board: can’t get shots, can’t stop shots, can’t kill penalties, can’t score with the man advantage, can’t really do anything. If I weren’t in full “tank” mode, I’d probably be pretty upset right now.
The All-Star break can’t get here soon enough. Not that I’m excited for all of that, it’s just that I desperately need a break from this team. It’s hard watching such an awful group night in and night out and telling yourself that this is what we all wanted only makes it a little easier to bear.
Things were fun when Enroth was throwing on his cape and carrying the Sabres to win after win, but not because they were winning. Things were actually competitive and that’s all I’d really like out of the team this season, but they can’t seem to find that sweet spot. They’re either stealing wins inexplicably or getting blown out on a nightly basis. Right now, they’re locked into the latter.
Let me have a breather for a bit and then we can gear up for the trade deadline, the only time over the last three years that has really been of interest to Sabres fans.
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