The bad news is the Buffalo Sabres skated off the First Niagara Center ice Saturday on the losing end of the scoreboard for a third straight game. The good news is this hockey club is no longer a complete bore to witness the losses pile up.
The Sabres trailed by a goal late before scoring with under a minute in regulation before eventually losing in shootout to the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. It’s the third straight time Buffalo has lost by the same score and second consecutive in a shootout.
Buffalo trailed 3-2 before Tyler Myers scored his second goal of the night on a perfect pass from Cody Hodgson with 25 seconds remaining to force overtime. Drew Stafford scored the Sabres other goal while Tyler Ennis had an excellent night with two assists and several quality scoring chances.
Ryan Miller made 32 saves for Buffalo and allowed only a goal by Ryan Johansen on Columbus’ third attempt of the shootout. Unfortunately for the Sabres it was all the Jackets would need as Sergei Bobrovsky stymied Matt Moulson, Ennis and Hodgson. The Sabres are now 0-for-5 in their last two shootouts.
Columbus has won six straight.
Buffalo remains home to face Florida on Tuesday night.