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Buffalo Sabres Buried by Edmonton Oilers in Battle of the Basement Dwellers

February 3rd, 2014 at 9:54 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres proved to be the inferior of the inferior tonight as they lost a 3-2 decision to the Edmonton Oilers.

'064-002 // Tyler Myers and Henrik Tallinder (12/5/2013)' photo (c) 2013, grilled cheese - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Buffalo scored once on the power play, and once shorthanded after surrendering the first goal of the game, but Edmonton bounced back with the next two goals, which proved to be the difference. The Sabres had a goal called back due to a premature whistle in the third period, which would have tied the game and likely would have sent the game to overtime.

Buffalo's loss didn't come from a lack of effort. The Sabres registered a season-high 44 shots on goal against Ilya Bryzgalov, but they were unable to produce enough offense to earn the victory. Jhonas Enroth surrendered three goals on 28 shots.

The Sabres may have lost more than just another game tonight as Tyler Myers was unable to finish the game due to a lower-body injury. There's no word on how serious Myers' injury is and how much time he will miss, if any. Myers has transformed this season after a disappointing start and will be missed in Buffalo's lineup if he is forced to sit out for a significant period of time.

Buffalo's loss snaps a six-game winning streak the Sabres had over the Oilers, who last beat Buffalo in 2003. The loss also extends Buffalo's current losing streak to two games, and will keep them buried in the NHL standings.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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