For the third-straight game the Buffalo Sabres scored three goals, and for the third-straight game it was just not enough to win as the Buffalo Sabres fell just short in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Tyler Myers began the scoring just 59 seconds into the game, which just so happened to be his 300th NHL game. The Sabres thought they had a goal 24 seconds into the second period, but it was disallowed after a review determined Matt Moulson kicked the puck into the net. The Sabres trailed 3-2 late in the third period until Myers scored again, this time on the power play to tie the game. Buffalo was unable to score in overtime, or in the shootout, while Ryan Johansen scored the only shootout goal to clinch the game for Columbus.
Despite the loss, the Sabres played an energized two periods, and Myers is playing his best hockey since winning the Calder trophy in his rookie season. He credits his strong play to help he's received from his teammates and others within the organization.
"I thought on both of my goals, they were really nice looks by Matty (Moulson) and Cody (Hodgson). They made perfect passes to me and fortunately they went in," Myers said after the game. "I think those opportunities are coming as I start to let my confidence grow and start moving my feet more and more. I've had a lot of help along the way this year and a lot of people to thank. It's a matter of keep working with those people and with the guys in the room here and keep working hard. It's a matter of improving every day."
While Myers enjoyed a strong performance, the Sabres were not happy with Moulson's goal being disallowed.
"It's a touchy situation. I did the rules committee for a number of years and our biggest concern was, if you allow guys to start kicking the puck, what happens when the goalie's on the ice and you're just free to kick? It's a dangerous play and there's a reason there's no kicking in hockey," Ryan Miller said. "It's open for interpretation. I thought he was trying to corral the puck in a stopping motion. He's moving his foot outward to corral it, so in my mind, really not a kicking at the net, just more trying to corral it, so you can interpret it in either direction. Toronto has the final say. It's not up to us."
While the Sabres remain in the basement of the NHL standings, they have become increasingly tougher to play against, especially at the First Niagara Center. It may be safe to say that Buffalo's rebuilding project is moving in the right direction. Buffalo has scored three goals in each of their last three games, which is an impressive statistic, when looking at their offensive production for most of the season.
Buffalo will next hit the ice Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers in a game that is scheduled for 7 pm.
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