It took just 4:27 to put the Sabres out of the game in Washington

November 01, 2019 - 10:34 pm

(WGR 550) - It took the Sabres 4:27 of horrendous play in the first period the clinch their third loss in four games. Washington netted four goals in the first period and never looked back. Buffalo has now lost two games in a row for the first time all season.

Buffalo had much better of the play in the final nine minutes of the first period, but during that 4:27, it was just a bad, bad effort.

At 6:17 Jack Eichel didn't get a puck in deep and off went Jakub Vrana on a breakaway.

Just 42 seconds later, Rasmus Dahlin puts a pass to an open Jeff Skinner behind him and off go the Caps on a 4-on-1.

Vrana was left wide open for the third goal and on the fourth goal Travis Boyd turned Dahlin totally around and then Casey Mittelstadt chased behind the net along with Dahlin leaving Brendan Leipsic wide open to make it 4-0.

The Sabres actually outchanced Washington and easily could've made this game 4-4, but didn't score at all. Conor Sheary hit a post, Jeff Skinner tipped a Colin Miller shot off the cross bar, Jack Eichel missed a breakaway, Evan Rodrigues missed a 3-on-1 and Eichel had a pass go off of John Carlson and deflect right to Braden Holtby. Holtby has been struggling all season, but the Sabres gave him some confidence putting 15 shots and many Grade-A chances on him.

The Sabres have only scored seven goals in their last four games which is why they've lost three out of four.

Buffalo has no time to feel sorry for itself as the Islanders come to town on Saturday with an eight-game winning streak. New York took down Tampa Bay on Friday 5-2 and are 9-3-0 overall. The loss dropped Buffalo to 9-3-2.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame starting at 6:00.

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