The Sabres can't manage a goal that counted in Dallas

They did score one, but Nate Beaulieu was called for goaltender interference

Paul Hamilton
January 31, 2019 - 1:06 am

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Dallas, TX (WGR 550) - The Sabres got away with a horrendous first period, only trailing 1-0. The defense was as bad as I’ve seen it, giving the puck away with passes up the middle.

Rasmus Dahlin started the parade of turnovers on the first shift. That was followed by a Mattias Janmark breakaway that was stopped by Linus Ullmark. Marco Scandella and Nate Beaulieu showed no awareness at all, allowing Janmark behind them.

The turnover that wound up in the net was Zach Bogosian trying a backhand pass up the middle from the side wall. Former Sabre Taylor Fedun stepped up, kept it in and sent in Jamie Benn by himself to give the Stars the lead.

The defense wasn’t through yet as Rasmus Ristolainen, for some reason, tossed a puck up the slot right to Tyler Seguin. His shot was deflected.

At the other end, Ben Bishop made 10 saves, but he wasn’t tested once. Buffalo got out-skated, out-hit and out-worked in the first 20 minutes.

In the second period, it started just like the first ended, Bogosian was soft on Benn in front, forcing Ullmark into a big save.

After that, Buffalo settled things down a little bit that led to a boring period. It’s really what they had to do since they didn’t appear to have their legs.

Bogosian did some hitting and used his speed to get up into the play more than once.

The second period was uneventful and boring, which is exactly what I think the Sabres needed to do on a night where they didn’t have their legs.

The Sabres finally made Bishop earn his money in the third period. They actually did score on him when Scandella’s point shot went in the net. Beaulieu was in deep and was ridden into the goaltender by Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. The referee waved the goal off right away saying it was goaltender interference. Phil Housley challenged the play and lost. I just don’t know where they wanted Beaulieu to go? Oleksiak rides him into Bishop, who then sells it.

Beaulieu joined us on the post-game show and he said, "It's a tough play, I'm trying to go to the net, things happen quickly....the refs have a job to do, you just got to live with it...on the replay it felt like I got pushed it, it's not going to get overturned now, so you just have to live with it"

The Eichel line kicked it into gear in the last half of the third period, but couldn’t get one by Bishop, who is now 11-0-1 against the Sabres.

The Sabres lost an opportunity to pick up points in the playoff race and lost two points to Pittsburgh, which beat Tampa Bay. Chicago visits Buffalo on Friday as the Sabres begin a seven-game homestand.

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