BOS – Matt Moulson stood facing his locker stall, his back to the rest of the dressing room following the Sabres’ debacle in Anaheim. Moulson slowly took off his equipment, hesitant to turn around and look at anyone.
The Buffalo newcomer had just been benched for the final 26:11 and seemingly didn’t know how to act.
“It’s the most embarrassed I’ve been in my career,” Moulson told The Buffalo News.
The 30-year-old has had a distinguished career. He’s topped 30 goals three times and is on pace to do it again. He’s played 339 games after spending three seasons in the minors and working his way into the league.
And yet there he was sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with center Cody Hodgson and right wing Tyler Ennis for the entire third period, watching his new teammates finish a 6-2 loss. Did he know why?
“No, you have to ask him,” Moulson said of Ron Rolston.
“We’ve got to work, and we didn’t feel that the work was there,” the coach said of the top line.
While they’d generated just one shot, they weren’t on the ice for any of the Ducks’ goals. They’ve accounted for nine of the Sabres’ paltry 31 goals this season, but they apparently weren’t needed with the team down by four.
“Obviously, it’s tough,” said Hodgson. “You want to help the team win, but the other lines were working hard and getting on the forecheck and that kind of thing. I always wish them the best.”
Moulson, a pending unrestricted free agent acquired last month, is getting a harsh introduction to the Sabres’ rebuilding scheme.
“It seems like they just have lapses for a little bit, get down a little bit and then it’s tough to get back in this league when you do that,” he said. “We have to move on and be better.”