The first place Ottawa Senators lost 4-2 to the lowly Buffalo Sabres in what was expected by some to be a one-sided game, namely myself. In the first period nothing went right for Ottawa, as turnovers were common and the defensive zone coverage was pathetic. Ray Emery played poorly in the first, allowing 3 goals on 14 shots including a brutal goal from the blueline where Ray was completely out of position. But hardly can the blame be place solely on his shoulders as the 2 of the 3 goals can also be contributed to the defence not covering the man in front of the net. Ray alos had a lot of luck on his side as the Sabres had many opportunities that went wide or hit the post. None of this was a surprise as john paddock should know that you can't sit a goalie, who is used to regular starts, on the bench for 2 straight weeks.
The second period was a much better effort by the Sens, outscoring the Sabres 2-1.
The third period was evenly matched with Chris Kelly almost scoring a shorthanded marker for the Sens, hitting the post on a wide open net. He'll be crying about that one for sure tonight. In the end, Ray face 31 shots making 27 saves, which is respectable but not good enough. The Sens will play Pittsburgh tommorow and if Paddock is smart, he'll give Emery another start to see how he plays in back-to-back games. Its not like another loss will cost the Sens the playoffs.
Also, Patrick Eaves left the game in the first period with what could be a separated shoulder after bouncing off Brian Campbell and hitting the boards hard. The referee tonight was very questionable tonight with many obvious calls being missed, including too many men twice (one for each team).