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Minnesota Runs Wild Over Buffalo

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A losing streak was bound to end Thursday in Buffalo. Much to the demise of Sabres fans it wasn’t the hometown team. The Wild marched into town on a six game losing skid and annihilated Buffalo in every way imaginable. The Sabres have now lost ten straight.

The effort was the kind that is followed by a firing or trade, this organization could probably use both. However with a franchise changing player hanging in the balance the stakes and perhaps the expectations are so reprehensibly low why even bother. Nothing is going right for the Sabres.

Minnesota held a players only meeting Tuesday night after they fell to the Penguins. The result, a 7-0 beat down in of their opponent in freezing cold Buffalo. It was a relatively easy night for the Wild. Heck they even threw in a goalie that they had just acquired in Devan Dubnyk. Who had just played Tuesday night in Phoenix over 2000 miles away on Pacific-time against the high powered San Jose Sharks.

Ready to be kicked in the gut? Former Sabres Thomas Vanek recorded a goal and an assist and Jason Pominville had three helpers. Game, set, match, start the freaking bus.

“I feel bad for the fans that come here, support us and we go out and have an effort like that in front of them?” Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said as he sat completely dejected at his locker stall after the loss. He was asked if he was playing hurt but shot down the inquisition.

Heading into the 3rd period the Sabres trailed 5-0, they put 5 shots on goal in the final fame. They also took the only three penalties in the period. Jhonas Enroth had next to no help. He was rumored to be headed to Minnesota just a week ago but it appears the Wild have found a quality goaltender for the moment. Buffalo tested him with 18 shots.

Head coach Ted Nolan was nearly speechless afterwards. “I’m speechless, and I don’t want to say anything I’m going to regret”. He was especially critical of the older players suggesting they are tough to change some habits.

Practice Friday should be fun, the Philadelphia Flyers are in town Saturday. Nine straight losses in regulation is a franchise record, they were outscored 39-9 during that stretch.

Nicolas Deslauriers had a spirited bout with Mathew Dumba, it was one of a very few moments Buffalo showed they came to play. The other two notable instances was when they came out for the opening face off and when the Subway blimp was dropping coupons for free sandwiches.

 

PERIOD SCORING

 TEAM

1 2 3 F
MINN 2 2 2

6

BUF 0 0 0

0

 

SHOTS BY PERIOD

TEAM

1 2 3 T
MINN 15 12 10

37

BUF 3 10 5

18

 

Stats

MINN BUF

Score

7 0

Shots

37

18

Hits

12

30

Blocked Shots

15

18

Faceoff Wins

34

25

PIM’s

11

17

Power Plays

2/6

0/3

 Giveaways 5 8

 

GOALIES

SAVES SHOTS SV%

DUBNYK

18 18

1.000

ENROTH 30 37

.811

 

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