Monday night marked the final game in the extremely important battle for 30th place. The Buffalo Sabres beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. The Sabres dominated play, and made Arizona play in their own end for most of the game. Arizona didn’t get a powerplay chance until halfway through the 3rd period.
The Coyotes opened up the scoring, grabbing an even strength goal 1 minute into the game. The Coyotes continued their great opening action play of late, scoring first in 6 out of their last 7 games.
Andrej Meszaros is currently doing his best to become public enemy number 1 of the Tank crowd, grabbing 2 goals vs the Coyotes, upping his total to 4 in his last 2 games.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson drew a hooking penalty with 3:38 left in the 3rd, but Brian Gionta got a short handed empty net tally to seal the deal late.
The Sabres grabbed their 5th road regulation victory this season, and made the race for the bottom closer as the season winds down to a close.
The Coyotes have 5 games left and a rough schedule, a home and home vs the San Jose Sharks, @Calgary, @Vancouver, and wrap up the season at home vs the Anaheim Ducks.
The Buffalo Sabres played a full 60 minute game, and no longer hold a tight grip on 30th place.
The Sabres play Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs in Buffalo, which should have a good tank contingency in audience. Please don’t embarrass the Sabres fans again by booing the team for scoring, or Mike Weber will have something to say about it.
Buffalo then host Chicago, travels to play the Islanders, at home vs the Hurricanes, travels to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets, and finishes the season at home vs the Penguins.
If the Sabres can lose Wednesday to the Leafs, which is a huge if, the Sabres should have trouble winning more than one game to close out the season.
Fans hoping the Sabres would lose in regulation have to be disappointed, as the race for the bottom is becoming the highlight of the season.
Who will win? Keep checking in to McEichel.com to stay up to date on Reverse Standings.
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