Sabres Let another slip by; Lose 4-2

Sabres Let another slip by; Lose 4-2

The Buffalo Sabres opened the first of a home and home series with their old nemesis rival Boston Bruins tonight before a packed crowd at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres entered the game coming off an impressive 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

The Sabres scored the first two, but the Bruins come roaring back with four unanswered goals, highlighted by Ryan Spooner’s pair of goals and David Krejci pair of assists. Buffalo Sabres Marcus Foligno and Kyle Okposo picked up goals, while Matt Moulson added a pair of assists.

The Sabres took it to Boston early in the opening stanza when Marcus Foligno scored his 5th from Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson at just 1:23 to give the Sabres the early lead for the second time in back to back games. Then with less than a pair to play in the first Kyle Okposo fired a rocket into the top right corner of the net while his team was on the powerplay for his 10th from Matt Moulson and Sam Reinhart to close out the period with the Sabres up by a 2-0 score.

The period didn’t go without its share of drama that’s for sure. There was an alleged illegal check to the head thrown by Buffalo Sabres William Carrier against David Backes. That happened with around 5:00 left to play in the period.

Then at 17:08, Bruin defensemen Adam McQuaid threw down with William Carrier in an apparent retaliation move, I’m sure. Carrier got the best of McQuaid in that one. Although, the fight would have been better if the linesmen had just stayed out of the way. Either way, it was a BOS / BUF kind of tilt!

The second period belonged to the Bruins as the Buffalo Sabres seemed to lay back and in doing so allowed Boston to dictate the play. Because the Sabres were a bit slow to the puck with what seemed most of the period, they ran into penalty problems. Any rhythm the team had in the first was not to be found in the middle frame.

It only took 3:20 for Patrice Bergeron with his 6th from Brad Marchand and Torey Krug to cut the Sabres lead in half. Then, with Josh Gorges parked in the sin bin counting Hail Mary’s, Boston forward David Krejci added his 8th with the lone assist going to Frank Vatrano with just over four minutes left in the second. So, after 40 minutes it’s 2-2. Will the 3rd period prove a winner?

The answer to that question is yes! Although, it took just over 16:00 for the score rise. Boston forward Ryan Spooner did the Sabres in by scoring his 6th from David Krejci and Frank Vatrano to make 3-2. Then while the Sabres had goalie Robin Lehner on the bench for an extra attacker in hopes to score the tying marker, Ryan Spooner grabbed the loose puck and eventually fired into the yawning net.

It was another in a long line of frustrating blown games in which the Buffalo Sabres have had a horrible time holding on to leads. It’s frustrating and arguably so for the paying fans, but I can assure you that these players, some more than others, are very competitive and hate to lose just as much as you do if not more. Trust me when I say they do take it personally when they feel they have let the fans down.

The back end of the home and home against these same Bruins will be on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm on MSG with the pregame at 12:30 pm at TD Gardens in Boston Ma.  Hopefully, the last day of 2016 will bring the Buffalo Sabres and their fans something to begin cheering and celebrating as New Year’s Eve gets underway.

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