Buffalo Sabres

Martin Biron and the Net Pitch Shutout Against the Fading Buffalo Sabres

Andrew MasonCorrespondent INovember 21, 2008

The Buffalo Sabres slide has now reached four straight games and they have now been outscored 21-7.

Biron had to literally stand on his head to make the saves and had to rely on the crossbar/post for several others.

The Sabres did not play a bad game especially when you look at the shots which were in Buffalo's favor, 40-24.

However, a new trend emerged as I watched the game.  The inability to be able to put the puck in the net and hitting everything but the twine: players, posts, crossbars, etc.  Stafford missed a wide open net from a beautiful pass from Derek Roy and managed to hit the back of a sprawling Biron.

The game though was very close as it was a seesaw battle.  However, two bad breaks for the Sabres ended up costing them the game. 

After a 5-on-3 where they hit several posts including the crossbar, the Flyers managed to pick up the puck as the penalty expired and hit a streaking Hartnell for a breakaway.

Then a costly turnover by Clarke MacArthur in the Sabres zone with no pressure found its way to Carter's stick in the slot and he just sniped it.

Then there was the Stafford mistake which was originally called a goal, but disallowed when it was revealed that the puck never came close to being in the net.  If Stafford finishes it is 1-1 and a whole new game. 

However, it was disallowed and Buffalo could not finish.

Buffalo had five power plays and had so many oh so close moments. It was almost criminal that they did not put the puck in the net.

Tonight there was a line of Roy-Stafford-MacArthur that was very strong with the two disappointing players in Roy and Stafford.  Between the three of them they combined for 12 shots on goal.  Although they did finish at -2, they had a lot of good chances and just could not finish.

The Sabres go on to play the Islanders tomorrow night while the Flyers play Phoenix.

The Sabres need this game desperately to avoid falling further behind Boston as they are now nine points back.

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