Another game and another loss for the Buffalo Sabres (6-5-0). The Sabres fell at home by a score of 3-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-1). Ilya Bryzgalov knocked down 29 of 31 shots to pick up the win for the Philadelphia. Ryan Miller did not even last seven minutes in goal for the Sabres. Miller allowed three goals after only facing 11 shots. Jhonas Enroth came on in relief and stopped all 11 shots he faced.
Sean Couturier, James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell all scored goals for the Flyers in the first period. The Sabres did not get on the board until Andrej Sekera scored a goal with 12 minutes remaining in the second period. Luke Adam and Jordan Leopold assisted. Luke Adam scored a goal assisted by Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville mid-way through the third period to bring the Sabres within a goal. But that was as close as they would get.
Once again the Sabres unleashed a flurry of shots in the closing minutes of the third period. Once again they came up short. Thomas Vanek had an excellent chance to tie the game with under 30 seconds left, but he could not sneak it past Bryzgalov. The Sabres did an excellent job on the penalty kill, shutting down the Flyers on all three of their power plays. However, the Sabres were not effective with their power play, as they failed to score a goal with the man advantage, despite having five power plays.
This has been an ugly home stand for the Sabres. They have dropped three of their last four games, all at home. They have actually lost four of their last five games overall. They just cannot find a way to win these close games. They need to improve their play at the very beginning and very end of games, at the very least.
The Sabres are off on Thursday before facing the Calgary Flames in Buffalo on Friday. That game will be the last in the Sabres season-high five game home stand.