The Buffalo Sabres took to the ice Wednesday night to extinguish the Calgary Flames. Well the Sabres instead got flambéed by the Flames with a final score or 5-1.
The game got away from the Sabres early as it was apparent from the start the team was not ready to play. This lack of effort resulted in a quick goal only 5:35 from Sam Bennett. Bennett scored in the midst of a mad dash for the puck when it bounced off the end boards, off Sabres goalie Chad Johnson’s right skate and lay in the crease.
The Flames only need three more minutes to essentially put the game away as forward Mark Jankowski ripped a shot through the five hold of Johnson to make the score 2-0. The score remained 2-0 after one thanks to Johnson making some solid saves which included a shorthanded breakaway.
You would hope that the Sabres would come out firing after some adjustments and a talk to by head coach Phil Housley, but that didn’t happen as things got worst in the second
After losing the faceoff in their own end the Sabres went down 3-0 five minutes into the second after Flames defenseman Mark Giordano took advantage of their confusion. The confusion started when Sabres forward Jordan Nolan lost his stick after it got tangled in a Flames forward. Nolan instead of continuing with the play without a stick went back after it and caused a mass confusion, which allowed Giordano an open look to rip a slap shot.
The Sabres starting goalie’s night ended just a minute later as Flames forward Sean Monahan ripped home a one-timer into the net for his 30th of the season. This is the second time the young forward has reached 30 goals and is now just one away from his career high of 31 with a lot of games to play.
The fifth and final goal for the Flames was scored by defenseman Dougie Hamilton on the power play. Hamilton’s goal was very similar to Monahan as it was also a cross ice one-timer. Hamilton’s 15th of the year times him for most goals by a defenseman with Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban.
Third period saw only one goal as Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson scored his second of the season with a mere :17 remaining, which ruined the shut out for Flames goalie David Rittich.
The Sabres look to bounce back tomorrow as they take a quick trip up the road into Canada to play the Ottawa Senators. Game time is 7:30 pm with team being on MSG for television and WGR 550 for radio.