Bruins blank Sabres 3-0, hand Buffalo 3rd straight loss

Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (15) skates prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Monday Nov. 20, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The home ice struggles continued for the Sabres on Tuesday.

Buffalo fell to 4-10-2 at Keybank Center this season following a 3-0 loss to the Bruins.  The Sabres have no lost three straight games.

Following their morning skate, defenseman Marco Scandella, who has been one of the most vocal players in the locker room this season, remarked how important home ice is saying, “I think our day-to-day routine is better. We have been good and we’ve been working and competing with each other and that’s translated to games.”
It’s hard to imagine the Sabres having the second fewest home wins in the league this season, but through 34 games, that’s exactly where they sit.
“It’s tough to go through something like that. I don’t think there’s any room in this league for frustration,” defeseman Zach Bogosian said.  “Yeah, you can be mad and upset about it. being frustrated isn’t helping anyone. we have to keep pushing forward. We have to make sure the results start going on the winning side of things.”
After a scoreless first period, Jake DeBrusk opened the scoring in the second, skating first around Jason Pominville and using Marco Scandella as a screen in front of Robin Lehner before sniping one top shelf and over the shoulder of the netminder to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

“Every time we trend in a good direction and then we get away from the things we did well. In the first period you saw it,” Head Coach Phil Housley said after the game.  “The execution was there. The decisions were there. The simple game was there. Ok, so we didn’t score.  That’s not a time now going into the second period to change. You have to stick to the game plan.” 

Still leading 1-0 in the third, former Sabres center Tim Schaller cleared a puck off the boards and into an empty net. David Backes added another 90 seconds later.
For Lehner, it’s another tough luck loss for the Sabres backstop.  He leads the league in home goals against average, but hasn’t gotten much puck support inside of KeyBank Center.
“I’m not trying to worry about anything else other than my game. My job is to save the pucks and try to give us a chance to win,” Lehner said.  “I’m working on it every day. It’s tough not winning.  The last stretch of about 8 games, haven’t had much wins but I felt like I’ve been playing pretty well.”
Sam Reinhart’s struggles also continued on Tuesday.  The 2nd overall pick in the 2014 draft was demoted to fourth line duties in the game and logged the second fewest minutes of the season at 11 minutes five second. He played just nine minutes against Carolina.
“I think he needs to play with a little bit more speed and get to the tough areas and compete and battle and continue to work down below the dots,” Housley said.  “In the offensive zone he protects the puck well, he has to get to those areas quicker.”
The Sabres return to action Friday at home against Philadelphia before a trip to Carolina on Dec. 23.

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