Effort Does Not Equal Results For the Buffalo Sabres
You can't criticize the Buffalo Sabres' effort on Saturday afternoon. They played about as hard as they could against a veteran San Jose Sharks team, but the bounces just didn't go their way in a 3-2 loss to drop their season record to 3-7-2. A controversial video review took away a goal and that was the difference.
Jack Eichel had appeared to have scored a power play goal to tie the score late in the first period, but the Sharks challenged it claiming their goaltender was interfered with. The officials agreed, determining that Sam Reinhart had clipped San Jose goaltender Aaron Dell just enough to disrupt his ability to make the save.
Sabres coach Phil Housley said after the game he couldn't argue with the call claiming the Sabres would have wanted the call to go that way if it happened to their goaltender.
Speaking of Buffalo's goaltender, Robin Lehner had some nice saves, but he allowed the winning goal with under four minutes left when he dropped to one knee giving Logan Couture just enough room to find the net.
Ryan O'Reilly and Jason Pominville had the Buffalo goals, but they had so many chances just miss the net or go wide. Just another frustrating game for the Sabres.
They don't play again until Thursday when they face the Arizona Coyotes out west.