Sabres Fall to Powering Panthers in 5-1 Loss

After what seemed to be a doomed-from-the-start game, the Sabres followed up with many predictions and took a loss to the Florida Panthers last night, extending the losing streak to now 5, and the cats’ winning streak to 10.  Jagr opened up the scoring notching his 14th of the season, and setting up the rest of the team throughout the game to follow in his path.

The Sabres lack of scoring is being chalked up to be one of the root causes besides a lackluster performance by Linus Ullmark who gave up 4 out of the 26 shots that the Panthers took.  We only scored one lone goal with our 32 chances against Roberto Luongo; that goal was of course made by the team leader, Ryan O’Reilly, who had this comment:

“We have to have that hunger, and that focus. But it was the only game that mattered, the only game we could control. ”

O’Reilly of course was disappointed, as well as the rest of the team because even with the chances that they have during their games, at the end of the day they just aren’t scoring.  The locker room air was even defeated as the players now look forward to a game against Chicago this Friday. 

It’s hard to say what will be done with now 2 days to practice, but I have a feeling Bylsma wants something to change.  In his post-game interview he seemed despaired and disappointed, noting that of course it’s hard to say that Ullmark had a decent game when allowing 4 goals, but our chances meant nothing without our goal ticker increasing.

With their 5th straight loss the Sabres still sit 29th (34 points) with Columbus riding their coattails.  What do you want to see changed in the organization?  Does there need to be major change, or is it just a dry spell?