BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Sabres lost 4-1 against the Coyotes at KeyBank Center on Tuesday night in a game that was delayed during the second intermission when an ice resurfacing machine malfunctioned.
Watch the broken down Zamboni get towed away by another Zamboni here.
Opening a four-game homestand with their third loss in a row, the Sabres (7-6-0) are on their longest skid of the season following back-to-back losses at Carolina and Tampa Bay. The next two games are against opponents with a combined record of 23-4-0, Thursday night against Vegas and former captain Jack Eichel, then Saturday night against Eastern Conference-leading Boston.
The Sabres trailed 2-1 entering the third period that started about 20 minutes late when the Zamboni stalled out.
The announced crowd of 10,296 was kept engaged by music and dancing fans shown on the video scoreboard. One of the loudest ovations of the evening came when Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins appeared.
The Bills game on Sunday was delayed for 12 minutes after a SkyCam camera whirled out of control and hovered low over midfield at MetLife Stadium.
Buffalo entered the game leading the NHL in scoring at 4.1 goals per game, but found the net just once for the second time in 13 games, and had fewer than three goals for the third time this season.
Tage Thompson scored his eighth of the season, tying Victor Olofsson for the team lead. Thompson’s goal extended the Sabres streak of scoring on the power play to seven games, the longest run in 14 seasons. Eric Comrie made 20 saves.
Lawson Crouse, Matias Maccelli, Clayton Keller and Liam O’Brien scored for Arizona (5-6-1) in its second win to start a 14-game road trip. Karel Vejmelka made 32 saves.
“Their first three goals went off of us, and don’t be fooled by us,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “We didn’t play hard enough in the areas we need to play hard. We were too slow that we hit goal posts. Their goalie played real well. But the bottom line is we could’ve won a game but we didn’t go attack a game like we needed to.”
Crouse opened the scoring just 23 seconds into the game following a mix-up by Buffalo defensemen Kale Clague and Owen Power. Maccelli quickly found Crouse for an easy goal from short range.
Maccelli was credited with Arizona’s second goal with 3:30 left in the first after his pass ricocheted off Sabres center Dylan Cozens’ skate into the Buffalo net.
Arizona took a 3-1 lead 2:24 into the third off another deflection off Cozens. O’Brien’s long shot from the point was deflected by the Sabres center on its way to the net. Keller added an empty-net goal with 2:10 remaining.
Vejmelka’s best save of the night came with 3:22 left when he stopped Buffalo’s Rasmus Asplund from close range.
“You have to tip your hat to their goalie,” Thompson said. “He played a good game. Sometimes you run into a hot goalie or you just can’t find the back of the net. Just kind of what it is.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.