Things couldn’t have started any worse on the final West Coast trip of the 2016-17 NHL season for the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo took an early lead, thanks to Jack Eichel being a wizard. 20th goal of the season, which is a big deal because Eichel became the 2nd Buffalo Sabres player to record two 20 goal seasons before his age 21 season. Not too shabby. The night wasn’t over for Eichel though. After San Jose tied things up, the next goal would be the deciding goal. Jack Eichel found himself stick handling behind Robin Lehner, in an attempt to start a rush. As Eichel came across the crease, the puck ricocheted off his right foot and through Lehner’s five-hole. That would be the game-winning goal, with Buffalo falling 4-1 in San Jose.
The Kings game would prove to be just as bad for the Buffalo Sabres. From the opening puck drop, Los Angeles imposed their will over the Sabres. When all was said and done, Buffalo recorded only 26 shots with 15 coming in the third – gross, man.
Just one night later, Buffalo wrapped their trip in Anaheim. Some how, the Sabres managed to hang around with one of the Western Conference’s better teams. Buffalo hung on for a dreaded shootout and Rasmus Ristolainen became a legend with his shot, seen below. Side note – this victory goes in the books as the franchises’ 69th shootout victory all-time.
Buffalo continues to chug toward the inevitable end of this hockey season with three games this week – at Detroit / vs. Pittsburgh / vs.Toronto.
Quick hits, baby.
- Congratulations, Beauts!
2017 ISOBEL CUP CHAMPIONS! pic.twitter.com/uAxk3aXChB
— Buffalo Beauts (@BuffaloBeauts) March 20, 2017
From all of us at BLTD Sports, we send our sincerest congratulations to the 2017 NWHL Isobel Cup Champions, the Buffalo Beauts!
- Player of the Week
We could insist on a hard push here but for the third straight week, the BLTD “Quick Hits” Player of the Week is Buffalo’s sweet boy Jack Eichel.
A lean week offensively, but Eichel grabbed 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 3 games.
That tells you what kind of West Coast trip it was for the Buffalo Sabres.
- Standings Update
- The Good Tweets
I gather Tim Murray will leave no stone unturned in his search for lefty d-men. I think he'd scout Mars if there were signs of life there.
— Dave Davis (@DaveDavisHockey) March 14, 2017
Man I'd love to see these again!🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/FHoqRB9uiI
— Captain Jack (@CaptainEichel15) March 14, 2017
— TJ Pignataro 🌎 (@TJPignataro) March 15, 2017
Absolutely nothing Brad May just said made any sense. I award him no points, and may God have mercy on his soul.
— Alec (@uGeneolgia) March 15, 2017
— Rogue DDD Staffer (@essbeeay) March 15, 2017
On one hand the Sabres tanked & got a star. On the other a columnist who used "pussification" in a tweet today thinks it was unprofessional. https://t.co/j0b2QN3OWP
— The Outlander (@MattyRenn) March 15, 2017
Per @hockey_ref, Jack Eichel is just the 6th US born player to have multiple 20 goal seasons by his 20 year old season.
— Buffalo Sabres Stats (@SabresStats) March 15, 2017
— victoria ☕ (@vmvanmoppes) March 15, 2017
— Cassie (@abstracthalo) March 15, 2017
when you have to make 20 saves in one period pic.twitter.com/G2UgLIrVA7
— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) March 15, 2017
— Russ (@rjandolina) March 15, 2017
GMTM ought to sit Disco Dan down for a little chit chat. pic.twitter.com/nlScxRHbla
— Lindy Ruff's Tie (@LindyRuffsTie) March 15, 2017
If you're trying to convince people Eichel isn't good I think you're gonna have a bad time
— Chris Ostrander (@2ITB_Buffalo) March 16, 2017
<turns on tv to find that the Sabres play at 10:30 and not 10. Turns off tv>
— Jill (@jimich527) March 17, 2017
— victoria ☕ (@vmvanmoppes) March 17, 2017
I think Enzo might be Donezo
— Rogue DDD Staffer (@essbeeay) March 17, 2017
Sabres trying a new policy of tweeting after each shot on goal #SabresAfterDark
— Chris Ostrander (@2ITB_Buffalo) March 17, 2017
What it looks like when you don't like your job anymore bc you really weren't that much of a fan to begin with and you're bored now. pic.twitter.com/zW7zC0JYiN
— The Outlander (@MattyRenn) March 17, 2017
— Sam Rodriguez (@SammyR0d) March 18, 2017
— Steve Bermel (@SteveBermel) March 18, 2017
Then Duff is brilliant post-game while Brad May steps on his dick the entire time
— Kevin Pritchard (@BfloBlog) March 18, 2017
— Chris Ostrander (@2ITB_Buffalo) March 18, 2017
Hot take: wins are fun
— The Outlander (@MattyRenn) March 18, 2017
NAME CHANGE: Rasmus Ristolainen now known as Rasmus Forsberg
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) March 18, 2017
— Juho Manninen (@Manninen7) March 18, 2017