Housely: “Can’t fault Sabres’ effort” in OT loss to Bruins


All season long secondary scoring has been an issue for the Blue and Gold.

After struggling to generate offense against the St. Louis Blues in a 4-1 loss on Thursday, Buffalo bounced back and received goals from Marco Scandella and Johan Larsson on Saturday.

But, it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins.

Buffalo led 2-1 late in the third before Jake DeBrusk tied the game and Kuraly tallied the game winner in the extra session.

“They made a push, I thought we played well,” said Scandella.  “it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t pull it off at the end.”

“I though we played a very strong 60 minutes and even in overtime and I can’t fault our effort,” added head coach Phil Housley.  “We attacked the game. It’s going to be tight like this throughout the rest of the season. It was tight and I thought we felt really comfortable.  We had opportunities to get up by two and didn’t capitalize but we played strong throughout the 60 some minutes.”

Scandella opened the scoring in the first, burying a rebound off a shot from Jeff Skinner to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.

Tied at one in the second, this time it was special teams and the hard work of Johan Larson, who netted a short handed goal to put the Sabres up 2-1 after two period.

Buffalo has now four of its last five games but will have an opportunity to end 2018 on a high note when they host the Islander on New Year’s Eve.

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