Found March 30, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
© Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images It’s getting to the point where it’s just the same story on a different day.  The Sabres play well enough to build a lead, usually of the two goal variety, but then one thing happens that causes a full scale collapse to unfold. On Saturday it was yet another shorthanded goal allowed that began the unraveling of the Sabres as they saw a 3-1 third period lead slip away, eventually falling to the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout. The results just seem to be like clockwork for a team that clearly lacks the mental toughness to overcome adversity in the middle of, or late in, games. Though interim head coach Ron Rolston would have you think otherwise. When posed the question about his team’s mindset, Rolston quickly answered that he doesn’t believe it’s a big deal. Apparently blowing leads late isn’t a big deal. Then there is the question posed to the players of whether or not it’s time to admit that the team just isn’t good enough to win games. Ville Leino, who scored twice in the loss, said that it wasn’t about being good enough. Then what’s it really about then? No one knows what to say anymore with this team. Sure, they’re angry that the results aren’t there. But then again, what do you expect when a team only gives a 45-50 minute effort each night? That’s not a formula that wins games. The Sabres are back at it again tomorrow night when they host the Boston Bruins in a game that will be seen on NBC Sports Network. Ryan Miller is likely to start after Jhonas Enroth played against Washington. Speaking of Enroth, he has turned the corner from the stretch of bad play. Once again, he played extremely well — he made 35 saves — and kept his team in it when they started folding. As Rolston put it, that’s now four straight starts by Enroth in which he has performed very well. It’s just a shame that he isn’t reaping the rewards for his play in the form of victories. If anyone was still hoping that this team could somehow still be a playoff team before this game, it’s safe to say those hopes are dead now. Buffalo has lost three straight, the last two by way of the shootout, and sits in 12th place three points back with 13 games to go. Sure, it’s only three points, but when you have teams ahead who all have games in hand, aside from the Islanders, those are three huge points. Just think, they win two of the last three games, they are one point back heading into Sunday night’s matchup. Instead, with the trade deadline four days away, it’s fire sale mode. Well, it should be. Steve Ott: / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Ville Leino: / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Christian Ehrhoff: / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Jhonas Enroth: / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Ron Rolston: / Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The post Reaction (w/ Audio): Sabres Fall To Capitals appeared first on Queen City Sports.
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