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NOTEBOOK: UNEVEN ATTACK LEADS TO LOSS

Monday, 02.25.2008 / 11:21 PM / News
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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NOTEBOOK: UNEVEN ATTACK LEADS TO LOSS
The inability to sustain pressure and a consistent offensive attack cost the Buffalo Sabres a valuable point against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.  Rushing out to a three-goal lead in the opening 15 minutes of play, the Sabres relinquished the lead, puttered into overtime and ultimately lost a 4-3 decision via shootout.

"We're a puck control team, a puck pressure team and we've got to keep it up all night," said goaltender Ryan Miller.  "If we're getting tired, we've got to play smarter."

"We had them on the ropes, basically out of it, and we let them back in the game," said head coach Lindy Ruff.

Atypical mistakes cost the team.  A mental snafu by the team's best defensive pairing - Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder - allowed Jeff Carter a breakaway opportunity for the Flyers first goal.  The second score by Scott Hartnell less than two minutes later breathed life into a Philly team that had been winless in 10 straight and was dropping in the standings.

By the time the buzzer sounded to start the third period, Buffalo's momentum and energy was gone.   The team was badly out shot in the third, 12-5, and allowed R.J. Umberger to tied the score with a wristshot from the top of the circle on a Philadelphia man advantage at 12:45.

Buffalo mustered just one shot in the first half of the final frame.

"We're a team that spends a lot of time in the offensive zone; we spent no time in the offensive zone," said Ruff.  "We were three guys up the ice and two guys changing.  The defense would help get up the ice and two of the forwards would be changing. 

"It wasn't pretty."

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Maxim Afinogenov's injured groin may have healed to the point where the dynamic winger can return to full practice on Tuesday, according to Ruff.   Afinogenov has missed the last 24 games and last appeared in a Sabres sweater during the 2008 NHL Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thomas Vanek leads all NHL players with 12 goals (in 12 games) in February as of games played through Feb. 24.  Vanek’s 12 goals are a career-high for any calendar month during his three-year NHL career. He entered the month having registered 14 goals in 50 games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82