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5 Observations: Blue Jackets beat Sabres 4-3

5 Observations: Blue Jackets beat Sabres 4-3
Posted at 10:03 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 22:03:28-05

The Buffalo Sabres have now lost eight of their last nine games, falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in the first game of a home and home. Sad!

Five observations from Friday's loss:

Peak Sabres defense

Just watch this play and tell me this doesn't perfectly describe the Sabres season? They're tied with a very good team late in the third period and all of a sudden a mishandled puck is in the back of their net and they're down 4-3.

The Sabres defense has been a problem all year, but this is just indescribably bad. Usually, a faceoff win in the defensive zone is a good thing, but not this time. Maybe the puck bounced or took a weird hop, but Cody Franson has to make a better play. Even just firing it down the ice would work.

On Twitter dot com the Robin Lehner haters were out in full force, but I don't think he deserves much blame. He was left out to dry on three of Columbus' four goals.

Three should've been enough

Before Friday, Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky hadn't allowed a goal in his last three games. That's absolutely incredible.

When was the last time a Sabres goaltender had three straight shutouts? That's a serious question, if you know send me the answer!

With a goaltender playing that well you had to imagine the Sabres would've like their chances if they scored three goals. Instead, some sloppy defensive play cost the Sabres big time. Sure, the Sabres didn't generate much offense from the guys you would expect, but three goals against Bobrovsky should've been enough.

Penalties, man

Statistically, the Sabres have a better power play than the Blue Jackets this season, but on Saturday the man advantage proved to be the difference. When everything was said and done Columbus scored on two of their three power-play opportunities, while the Sabres failed to find the back of the net on their lone chance.

Hey, wha' happened? 

Josh Gorges scored a goal and Nicolas Deslauriers added an assist in Friday's game against the Blue Jackets.

The goal is Josh Gorges first of the season [1G, 3A, 51GP]. Deslauriers' assist is his first point in 35 games played this year.

Wha happened?!?!

11

All good things must come to an end. On Saturday Jack Eichel failed to record a point, snapping his career and league best 11-game point streak. Had he scored or added an assist, Eichel would've tied Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund for the longest point streak this season [12-games].

He may not have continued his streak, but Eichel certainly made his presence felt. On Buffalo's second goal of the evening, Eichel sent a gorgeous pass to Cody Franson, but the Sabres defender couldn't get the shot off. A few seconds later the puck went back to the point and Eichel's screen allowed Gorges shot to surprise Bobrovsky.

Eichel has played some incredible hockey as of late. Check out the company he joined by recording his 100th career point earlier in the week.