LOS ANGELES -- Have you ever seen those souvenir shirts that read, "Grandma went to California and all I got was this lousy T-shirt"? The Sabres' garb might read, "We went to California and all we got was one goal and three straight losses."
There's still time to change that, of course, but it's not looking good.
Buffalo was shut out for the third time in four games Wednesday night, dropping a 2-0 decision to the Kings of hockey. The game story is available here.
“It’s frustrating,” said Sabres right wing Chris Stewart, who had a game-high seven shots. “It’s three games and no goals, and that’s a big problem. Especially against teams like this, you’ve got to score goals."
The Sabres headed to San Jose following the game, and they play the Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Buffalo is far and away the worst-scoring team in hockey, averaging just one goal per game as it's stumbled to a 1-7 start.
San Jose is seventh in scoring at 3.25 goals per game. One glimmer of hope for Buffalo is the Sharks are tied for 18th in allowing three goals per outing.
“Our intention’s there, our work ethic’s there, we’re just not doing the smart things right now,” said coach Ted Nolan, who coached against his son, Jordan. “The position we’re in right now, we just can’t afford any mistakes.”
You can replay our live game blog by clicking here. The video highlights are below.