By Mike Harrington
OTTAWA -- When you're judging quality of defeat, you know it's a bad season. That was the situation the Sabres were in after Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
There was plenty of merit to the thought because it was a big improvement over the previous three games. The offense generated chances (but didn't get nearly enough traffic in front of Craig Anderson) and for a good 35 minutes, the defense wasn't running around in its own end and smartly moved the puck around. No issues with Ryan Miller either.
Then Christian Ehrhoff made a bad pass on a power play and Marcus Foligno lolly-gagged on coverage as Erik Karlsson blasted home a short-handed goal. Steve Ott and Nathan Gerbe both thought the other was taking Erik Condra and neither did, allowing another Erik-with-a-K to score.
And this team has to stop taking penalties. Eight more Tuesday. Sure, they killed them all but their forwards didn't much energy left for 5-on-5 play in the third period.
Like Miller aptly said, "Doing better and not getting a win doesn't do a lot for us right now."
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