BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A three-goal lead entering the third period, only to lose 4-3 in a shootout.
The Sabres know they let one get away in Philadelphia, the second time they’ve blown a late lead early in the season after a similar defeat on the road in Calgary.
“Those two, we had a clear chance to win the game,” center Ryan O’Reilly said. “We had a lead going in and we blew it. It’s completely unacceptable.”
Buffalo committed two late penalties against the Flyers, leading to consecutive power play goals in the final minutes to send the game to overtime.
“When you look back at it, it was all on us,” said captain Brian Gionta. “The things we did, turnovers that lead to penalties which lead to a good power play by them and momentum starts to take over.
At 1-2-2, the Sabres are off to a disappointing start — and the loss in Philadelphia only increases the sting. But coach Dan Bylsma says it’s not one of those losses to simply forget and leave in the past.
“No I don’t want to forget this game,” Bylsma said. “I think we can’t forget it. I get your point, you wanna cut loose and turn the next page. But if we want to be a winning team, this is a game we need to learn a lesson from and one we can’t let happen again.”
The Sabres will host Minnesota on Thursday, their first home game after a four-game road trip. Robin Lehner has been sick and will likely miss the game, which would result in a second straight start for Anders Nilsson after an impressive debut against the Flyers.