The Sabres didn't play as well against Boston

September 9, 2018
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres prospects got a good lesson in their 3-1 loss to Boston. The Bruins were a much better team than the Devils team that Buffalo beat 6-4 on Friday. Boston took away the passing lanes and were a much faster team. All that was a huge source of frustration and the individual play started.

The one most guilty of that was Casey Mittelstadt. He was average in the first game, but really struggled in the second. His frustration got so bad, he tried to go one-on-four during a power play and turned the puck over. The Bruins took time and space away from him because they were on him right away. Mittelstadt does not have a point in two games.

Brendan Guhle played his first game and was very average too. He was good in his own end, but he could never really show his speed by jumping into the play. Being 21 with 21 NHL games under his belt, he should dominate this tournament.

The individual play filtered right down the lineup. One individual play worked and resulted in Buffalo’s only goal. Vasily Glotov did a toe drag to get around a defenseman and rip the puck into the net.

Despite the turnovers, the Sabres had plenty of chances to tie the game. Tage Thompson hit the post on a breakaway as did Oskari Laaksonen when he sprinted out of the penalty box and walked in alone. MIttelstadt had a wide open one-timer, but he partially fanned on it.  

Rasmus Dahlin had two goals and three points against the Devils, but went pointless on Saturday. If you watched his game, you still came away impressed. Every single pass is on the tape and many times it’s a no look pass. After he gets up ice, he has no trouble getting back into position. He had one good scoring opportunity, but he missed.

Buffalo wasn’t as physical in this game, but that was because Boston was faster which makes them harder to hit. They Sabres also weren't willing to get into the paint to fight for rebounds. 

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was stellar in net, stopping 28 of 30 shots. He was very calm in the crease, even when traffic was around him. He really had no chance on either goal scored on him. His best save was on a penalty kill when he came across the crease.

Buffalo’s penalty killers have done a great job in this tournament. They’ve killed 9-of-11 penalties with the final power play goal an empty netter against Boston. They also have two shorthanded goals. The power play is 1-for-9.

I think Luukkonen has earned the right to start the final game of the tournament against Pittsburgh. He’s 0-1-0 with a 2.00 goals against and .933 save percentage. Jonas Johansson is 1-0-0 with a 4.00 goals against and .882 save percentage.

Join me, Pat Malacaro and Brayton Wilson for all the action on Monday against Pittsburgh. We start at 12:30 on ESPN 1520.

 

Current Standings: Wins, losses, goals for, goals against

Boston          2        0         7     5   (If Boston beats New Jersey or gets an overtime point, they win the tournament)

Buffalo         1        1         7     7

New Jersey   1        1        10     8

Pittsburgh     0        2         4    10

 

Buffalo’s scoring:  Goals, assists, points

Dahlin: 2-1-3

Pekar:  0-3-3

Cornel:  0-2-2

Asplund:  0-2-2

Olofsson: 1-0-1

Coskey:  1-0-1

Thompson:  1-0-1

Nylander:  1-0-1

Glotov:  1-0-1

Laaksonen:  0-1-1

Powell:  0-1-1

Hancock:  0-1-1