Just one day after showing Ryan Miller their respect by applauding his selection to the USA Olympic hockey team, the Buffalo Sabres disrespected their goaltender by playing another terrible game in front of him.
The Sabres were almost shutout for the second-straight time, while allowing Miller to get pelted with shots from prime areas by the Minnesota Wild. Former Sabres' captain Jason Pominville bit Buffalo again with another goal against his former club, and the Sabres could only muster one goal against struggling Niklas Backstrom. Backstrom entered the game with an eight-game losing streak, which he snapped tonight.
The loss for Buffalo is nothing new, as the team has yet to win a road game under Ted Nolan. Once again, goal scoring was an issue for Buffalo. The Sabres gave up 31 shots to Minnesota, while only getting 20 shots of their own. It's clear Buffalo doesn't have a pure goal scorer on the roster at this point, but to have just 20 shots in a full game doesn't help the team's chances, especially against a goaltender who has been struggling.
The good news for the Sabres is that they will return home for a game against the New Jersey Devils Saturday. Buffalo has played well at home lately, and will hope to get back on the winning side of things.
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