There are debacles and then there are debacles. The Buffalo Sabres (12-9-1) traveled to face the Columbus Blue Jackets (6-13-3) and thoroughly got outplayed in all facets of the game which led to a 5-1 defeat. The Sabres one-upped their usual M.O. by going down 4-0, as opposed to their usual 2-0. But never fear, the Sabres were once again down 2-0 after the first period concluded.
Once again, the Sabres were out-shot and out-hit. It was apparent from the opening puck drop that it just wasn’t going to be Buffalo’s night. The hangover from the Bruins game was still with the Sabres here. It’s tough to pin such a poor performance on any one player, so you tend to blame the coaches.
It’s tough to take anything positive from this game for the Sabres. They didn’t suffer any apparent major injuries. That’s literally it. The Blue Jackets are not a good NHL hockey team right now. If the Sabres want to be true title contenders, these are the games that they need to win. Not only did they fail to win, but they got completely blown out.
Rick Nash scored twice for the Blue Jackets including a power play goal. Ryan Johansen, Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski each had two assists for Columbus. Jordan Leopold scored the lone goal for the Sabres.
There’s no time for the Sabres to stew over this loss as they are right back in action on Saturday night. The Sabres will face the Washington Capitals in Buffalo on Saturday night.