The Sabres dominate the Devils, but still can't win

Buffalo had 46 shots on goal, including 22 in the third period

Paul Hamilton
March 25, 2019 - 10:54 pm

Photo: Ed Mulholland - USA TODAY Sports

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Newark, NJ (WGR 550) - In the first period on Monday, both teams scored goals that the goalies would want back. Linus Ullmark let Blake Coleman put one through him as he came out unchallenged from the corner, and the Sam Reinhart bounced one past Cory Schneider from the red line. That helped Reinhart hit the 20-goal mark.

The second period has been a disaster all season for the Sabres, but Monday was different. New Jersey only generated five shots towards Ullmark, while Buffalo played mostly in the offensive zone and got 14 at Schneider. Despite having much of the offensive zone time, they didn’t score.

Alex Nylander had a good chance off a Jeff Skinner power play shot, but couldn’t scoop it in.

To illustrate how much better the defense was, Lawrence Pilut started the third period in his own end under duress, but he quickly got a puck up the wall to Skinner. Skinner then wasted no time getting the puck out off the glass and into the New Jersey zone to live to fight another day.

I like that Phil Housley gave Pilut a chance to kill some penalties in this game and his Swedish defenseman didn’t disappoint him. New Jersey did score two power play goals, but Pilut wasn’t on the ice for either one of them. Overall, Pilut played 20:42 and had three shots on net.

The Sabres stayed with the game after falling behind in the third period and appeared to have tied the game when Reinhart converted a Skinner shot. The play was overturned because Evan Rodrigues knocked Schneider over.

Later in the period, Skinner got a partial breakaway and Schneider stopped him twice.

In the end, the Sabres got 46 shots on Schneider with their only goal coming from the red line. They got two goals that were disallowed. Rodrigues and Phil Housley both disagreed with the goaltender interference. With just under two-seconds left, Conor Sheary's goal was disallowed because of a high stick.

Skinner ended with six shots on goal, but couldn’t break through. Rasmus Dahlin and Reinhart had five each.

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