Sabres Remain Dominant Against Kings at Home, Win 1-0

Nikita Zadorov levels Anze Kopitar during the second period.

Nikita Zadorov levels Anze Kopitar during the second period.

Maybe its the wings that the LA Kings cannot resist on their annual trip to the Queen City.  Whatever the case may be, the Sabres are now 12-1-1 in their last 14 home games vs LA as they defeated the Kings 1-0 Tuesday night.  Buffalo was outplayed, but was never outclassed by the reigning Stanley Cup Champions on Tuesday night.  Although outshot 34-16, Buffalo was only dominated in spurts of the hockey game.  Buffalo knew well and good they could not match LA offensively, but did a nice job of keeping LA’s top threats from dangerous areas on the ice.  Anze Kopitar, arguably one of the NHL’s top talents, played well but was largely neutralized by the young pairing of Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov.

The Sabres did a nice job of creating offensive pressure through the first five minutes of the 1st period.  Once the Kings were relieved of their jetlag, things changed in a hurry as LA took complete control as the period wore on.  The Sabres did not quit by any stretch, but were rather simply outplayed by the more skilled, physical Kings.  Jhonas Enroth did a nice job to stop all eight shots he faced in the period.  

The second period was, well, boring.  Thoughts raced through my head as the period went on such as, what the heck am I going to write about? Thats all I got, folks.

The third period offered Sabres fans excitement as the powerplay got off its slump in a beautiful way.  Great work along the boards from Drew Stafford and Zemgus Girgensons allowed Matt Moulson to have space with the put behind the net and he took advantage, finding a wide open Tyler Ennis who scores to put the Sabres up 1-0 on the PP.  The Sabres, and especially Jhonas Enroth did a phenomenal job holding off a late Kings attack that seemingly lasted forever.  The crowd was as loud as I heard this season in multiple ovations for Enroth.  

Ted Nolan was in a rather joyous mood after the game and spoke about how his team was able to match up vs LA.

“We wanted to hit when we could hit, but did not want to match their power.  We wanted to hit, get out, and use our speed.”

Buffalo will continue their four game homestand as they host Florida on Thursday night.  Jhonas Enroth will start again for the Sabres.