Winnipeg Snaps Buffalo's Win Streak

The Buffalo Sabres were defeated by the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Wednesday night in front of what appeared to be a full crowd at the First Niagara Center.  Winnipeg was the team in the second half of a back to back, while Buffalo was playing in just their third game over the past nine nights.  The effort and energy put forth by both teams would suggest the opposite as Buffalo was held to just ten shots over the first two periods.  Although the Sabres woke up in the third, it was too little too late as Winnipeg held on to win.  Buffalo’s lone goal came from Chris Stewart on a breakaway.

This game looked painfully similar to some of the October home games.  You’ve seen this game before and you will see it again.  Rather then giving a synopsis of the game, I will simply add opinions that are of more importance and interest to Sabres faithful. 

Three Observations and Opinions

3.  Sabres goaltending was once again not the issue.  Jhnoas Enroth allowed two goals on twenty-six shots.  The first goal was a beautiful, top corner snipe from Bryan Little (PP).  Little has now scored in three straight games.  Prior to those games, Little found himself on a big scoring slump that lasted thirteen scoreless games.  Enroth also had little to do with the second goal as Andrej Benoit carelessly gave the puck away behind the net.  Michael Frolik quickly took advantage of the giveaway as he slammed home a wrap around goal.

2.  Tyler Myers was scratched because of an apparent injury.  Although fans and media haven’t been too kind to Myers thus far, tonight was a glimpse of what life will be like if he is traded.  The defense struggled and there appeared to be no offensive production from the back end.

1.  My last two points hint to what my #1 observation and complaint of the night.  Because of the late Myers scratch, Andre Benoit was inserted into the lineup alongside Andej Meszaros.  The pair proved to be atrocious throughout the entire night.  Giveaways, poor defensive play, etc was the theme of the night for the pair.  It was downright surprising to see the two continue to play moderate minutes after the first period.  Meszaros finished with 19:31 minutes of ice time while Andre Benoit logged 17:49. 

Meszaros did nothing in retaliation after Adam Lawry boarded Pat Kaleta.  Kaleta was fortunately ok and was able to resume playing.  It was his first game back at the First Niagara Center since October 10th, 2013. 

Meszaros also committed a boneheaded penalty. Benoit was responsible for multiple giveaways.  When asked about what will be done about the pairings poor play, Nolan stated “There will be discussions.”.

Buffalo will again play at home Friday night as they welcome the Montreal Canadians to town.