Looking at Sabres early November stint

Looking at Sabres early November stint

Andrew Forsyth, Sports Writer

If I could use one phrase to discuss the first week of Sabres hockey in November, it would be, “no pain no Shane”.

The Sabres have not won a single game in November and it seems to be that time of year where fans long for sweet, sweet October.

This is going to be a review of every game in November up to the Nov. 8 loss against the Washington Capitals.

The first game was the Nov. 2 game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks defeated the Sabres handedly in a 5-3 win.

Sharks got the first lead and never gave that lead-up.

Jonathan Dahlen scored the first goal 7:25 into the first period. Jeff Skinner tied it up 8:48 into the first and then just a few minutes later Ryan Merkley regained the Sharks lead with a goal 12:49 into the first period. Tomas Hertl increased the Sharks lead to 3-1 after an early second-period goal. Drake Caggiula scored to make it 3-2 after the second.

In the third Mario Ferraro started the scoring making the game 4-2 then about five minutes later Tomas Hertl made it 5-2 and Skinner scored a late goal and his second of the night to make it 5-3 which would end up as the final score.

The second game of this stretch was even more embarrassing. The Sabres lost to the newest team in the NHL in the Seattle Kraken.

Not only did they lose to them, but they also allowed the first franchise hat trick.

The Sabres fell to 1-0 late in the first then answered with two straight goals to gain a 2-1 lead. Those would be the last two goals they scored. Jordan Eberle proceeded to score three straight goals for the Kraken’s first hat trick. Jaden Schwartz scored one more insurance marker for the 5-2 win.

Somehow it gets even more embarrassing.

The game against Detroit started very well. Sabres went down 1-0 but then went up 3-1 and held that lead until about five minutes into the third until Tyler Beruzzi scored two goals within just about a minute of each other forcing overtime late in the third. To top it all off, Moritz Seider, rookie defenseman, scored his first NHL goal in OT to win the game.

The last game of November so far was also a 5-3 loss. Tom Wilson opened the scoring early in the first period and it stayed 1-0. Connor McMichael scored to make the game 2-0 early in the second.

Cody Eakin scored about a minute later to make it 2-1. Ovechkin scored his 11th of the season and tied Brett Hull for fourth all-time in goals scored and the score remained 3-1.

Anders Bjork scored early in the third to make it 3-2 but Tom Wilson and John Carlson both had a goal of their own to answer. Colin Miller scored one last goal to end the game 5-3 Capitals win.

The Sabres are now 5-5-2 after a 5-0 start. Looks like they have their eyes set on projected first overall pick Shane Wright.