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.

Sabres trade Leopold to Blues

The Buffalo Sabres have traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues for two draft picks. Buffalo announced the move before its game against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. It comes with the NHL trading deadline approaching on Wednesday. The Sabres received a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in this year's draft. Leopold is a 10-year NHL...

Sabres News And Notes: Regier On The Big Three

Darcy Regier met with the media in the press box just before Buffalo's shootout loss to the Capitals last night and was asked about his mindset going forward with Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller and Jason Pominville.  Listening to numerous Regier interviews over the years has made it pretty easy to foretell the future, and the implied message here was clear:  It’s practically...

Kevin Freiheit: Leopold to St. Louis

As per Bob McKenzie, the Sabres have traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to the Blues. In return, Buffalo have acquired a 2nd round pick and a conditional 5th round pick in the 2013 draft. BUF trades D Jordan Leopold to STL for draft picks. #tsn— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 30, 2013 This was Leopold's 3rd season in Buffalo, tallying 67 points in 174 games with...

Bruins Should Play Angry Against Sabres to Find Edge, Refocus on Signature Style of Winning (Video)

Things haven’t been going great for the Bruins lately. They can start to change that on Sunday night in Buffalo. After a couple of tough losses, the B’s would do well to start back on the winning track against a Sabres team that has given them fits so far this year. With Thomas Vanek out of the lineup, though, Boston might finally be catching the break it needs to right the ship...

GARTH: Death By Paper Cut

This Sabres team is schizophrenic. It rarely competes for 60-65 minutes. It continually takes gawd awful penalties that undermine its earned momentum. It has difficulty fighting back from deficits. It can't hold onto one or two goal leads to save its life. The Buffalo Sabres have been a shaky unit all season long. It will only get worse before it gets better. There are 13...

GARTH: Keeper

Thomas Vanek loves Buffalo. Buffalo loves Thomas Vanek. The Sabres' leading scorer has grown up right before Buffalo's eyes. We got our first glimpse of his greatness when he led his University of Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey team to the NCAA college hockey championship in 2003. Vanek rightly was named MVP of the Frozen Four tournament in Buffalo, as he scored the game...

Keys To The Game Vs. Buffalo

The month of March is almost over and no one is happier about that than the Bruins. Only one game remains in the month and it's against division rival Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins have lost 5 of their last 7 games. For a Bruins team that is expected to make a deep playoff run that can't happen. Tonight the Bruins look to avoid 6 of their last 8 when they face the Sabres. ...

Rapid Rewind: Still Kicking. Capitals 4, Sabres, 3 (SO)

Wheeeeeeee! (@CapsGoalieLove) The Washington Capitalse simply refused to die on Saturday night in Buffalo, New York, battling back from two two-goal deficits to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout at First Niagara Center.  The Sabres took leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but could not put away Washington, who got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, and then Mike Green to draw...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.