Good Job, Good Effort. Sabres Shutout Once Again

Jhonas Enroth stopped 27 of 29 shots Thursday night. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

Jhonas Enroth stopped 27 of 29 shots Thursday night. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

After a nice 3-2 win over Montreal on Tuesday, the Sabres returned to their losing ways as they were defeated by the St. Louis Blues by a score of 3-2.  Buffalo was matched up against a Stanley cup caliber team as Ted Nolan put it several times in the post game press conference.  It appeared that Nolan was content with the performance of his team tonight.

“You know we certainly did not quit tonight.  We played a real strong game against a great team.”

Although he acknowledged a good effort, Chris Stewart was not satisfied with the 3-0 loss. He chose to spend his time with the media venting both his own frustrations and the team's frustrations when it comes to scoring. This was the Sabres 9th time being shutout this season. 

"It's the fact that we know we can put the puck in the back of the net, I think that makes it worse. It's not about the personnel here. It's about getting hungry in those areas and putting those pucks in the net. We can’t just please ourselves by saying it was a good effort.  That’s a losing mentality.”

The first goal of the game did not come until the second period. Dmitrij Jaskin picked up an errant shot behind the Sabres net and wrapped it around to beat Jhonas Enroth and make it 1-0 Blues late in the second period.

After many missed opportunities throughout the first two periods, Vladimir Tarasenko put the Sabres out of their misery netting his 24th of the season and putting a sure dagger in this game. After many oportunities of his own, Tarasenko took a feed from David Backes and ripped a shot past a sprawling Jhonas Enroth with 5:34 left in the second.

Jhonas Enroth stood tall in net for the Sabres tonight despite his team being outshot 30-23. Coming through with another stellar performance, Enroth was what helped keep the Sabres in the game. His 28 save performance was worthy of the third star of the game. In his past two games has a .937 save percentage and has allowed an average of 2 goals per game.   

At the other end of the ice, Jake Allen was superb as well, stopping all 30 shots sent his way, good enough for his third shutout of the season. He told the media after the game that he wanted to make an impression as the backup for red hot Brian Elliot. 

Steve Ott was honored Thursday night in Buffalo.  A nice video presentation was followed by a strong ovation from the home crowd. It really said alot for the city of Buffalo when a dejected First Niagara Center turned into an uproar of an ovation as the Steve Ott highlight clips rolled on the jumbotron.

Buffalo has a heavy home schedule this month and will welcome Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars back to town on Saturday night.  The Islanders will be here for a 5 PM start on Sunday.