The boos were hearty by the third period as the Buffalo Sabres dropped a 7-1 decision to the Dallas Stars in KeyBank Center.
The Sabres were never in this game, finding themselves in a 2-0 hole after the first period and 6-1 by the third period. Buffalo is now 2-6-2 in its last 10 games.
It was the fifth time this season the Sabres have allowed six or more goals and the second time in four games they've given up seven.
For the third time in the last seven games, starting goaltender Robin Lehner was pulled with backup Chad Johnson finishing the game.
In short, the ugly continues to be a theme for the Sabres in 2018.
Early lead: Dallas opened the scoring at 5:03 of the first period. Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe made a great sliding save withLehner out of position, but the Sabres seemed to stop playing. The puck came to Remi Elie who easily scored his fifth goal of the season.
Another slow start: Not only were the Sabres down 1-0 early, Dallas had a 10-1 advantage in shots through the first 10 minutes of the game.
Growing the lead: With Benoit Pouliot in the penalty box for slashing, Dallas took a 2-0 lead with a power play tally by Mattias Janmark. It was Janmark's 11th goal of the season.
Fooling the fans: On an early power play in the second period, Marco Scandella ripped a shot from the point. It hit the side of the net and a healthy number of fans cheered, thinking the puck had gone into the net. It even fooled whomever was operating the goal horn. But alas for Sabres fans, it was only the side of the net and not a goal. Play continued.
Three-goal hole: Buffalo found itself in a 3-0 deficit when Janmark scored his second goal of the game at 6:25 of the second. The Sabres had some sloppy play in the neutral zone, then Lehner gave up a weak goal to Janmark with the shot going under his arm on his glove side.
On the board: The Sabres got a power-play goal with 11:06 left in the second. Jack Eichel's shot went off the post. Sam Reinhart was in front of the net and got to the puck, putting it in on his backhand.
Giving it back: Just 38 seconds later, the Stars responded with a goal from Jamie Benn to regain their three-goal lead and chase Lehner. Johnson came at this point to play the rest of the game.
What's another one? Johnson gave up his first goal at 12:08 of the second as Dallas took a 5-1 lead. Esa Lindell scored on a wrist shot from the right circle, his fifth tally of the season.
And one more: Radek Faksa scored at 17:31 of the second as Dallas took a 6-1 lead into the intermission.
Seven for good measure: Tyler Pitlick scored his eighth of the season at 7:24 of the third to give Dallas a 7-1 lead. They also allowed seven goals to the Winnipeg Jets, who earned a 7-4 win in KeyBank Center on Jan. 9.
Sellout: The Sabres announced a sellout of 19,070 in KeyBank Center Saturday afternoon. Most seats were taken (at least early in the game, before fans started leaving) thanks to a cross-promotion for kids with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
Scratches: While the Sabres recalled Nicholas Baptiste on Friday, he was a healthy scratch in Saturday's game. Also scratched for Buffalo were defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and Victor Antipin. Dallas scratched defenseman Julius Honka and Gemel Smith.
Up next: The Sabres have a three-game western road trip. They kick it off with back-to-back games in Calgary on Monday and Tuesday in Edmonton, finishing with a game in Vancouver on Thursday. The Sabres next play in KeyBank Center Jan. 30 when they host New Jersey.