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Another night, another game in which the offense struggled, the defense was awful, and Ryan Miller had to stand on his head in order to keep the Sabres in contention for a victory.
For the third game in a row, and second in as many nights, the Sabres were horribly outplayed by their opponent. But unlike the previous two outings, they weren’t able to bail themselves out and get a victory, instead they fell 3-1 to the Boston Bruins for their eighth loss in the last eleven games.
It’s become an awful trend that the team knows it has to fix. However, knowing what they have to fix and actually doing it are two completely different things.
“We’re giving up way too much, and we’re making it easy for them,” said Jason Pominville on the defensive struggles of his team. “We’re spending way too much time in our zone.”
Spending too much time in their zone is an understatement. The team can’t seem to get out of their own way when it comes time to break out. Especially when it comes down to the end of periods where the team just seems to pack it in; ready for the intermission horn to sound.
It’s something that Lindy Ruff admitted causes him to just shake his head.
“On a couple of those plays, yea, I shook my head,” he said.
One of the plays in particular was an errant pass attempt in the third period by defenseman Andrej Sekera that ended being stolen by a Bruin forward resulting in Miller having to stack is pads a la Martin Brodeur in order to keep the puck out of the net.
“You’ve got to take better care of the puck,” Ruff said. “When you throw it in the middle of the ice, it’s the toughest place to defend.”
Tyler Ennis, who scored Buffalo’s lone goal Sunday night, believes it’s a lack of communication on the ice that has led to their defensive lapses.
“We just have to communicate a little better on defense,” Tyler Ennis said. “We have to sort it out a little bit.”
One of the biggest concerns, other than the defensive zone play, has been the lack of offensive from players not named Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, or Cody Hodgson. The three were held off the score sheet for just the second time this season – the first was on Jan. 27 against Washington. Both times the end result was a Sabres defeat.
“We’ve talked about it quite a bit,” said Ennis. “It seems like every day we’re talking about secondary scoring needing to come through. It’s got to come. “
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