By Mike Harrington
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Sabres were pretty good defensively, probably as good as they've been in many games, over the first 40 minutes here Tuesday night. But what does it matter if you can't score?
Another one-goal game. Another goal by Drew Stafford. No one else scoring. And the 3-1 loss to the Flames featured a season-low 14 shots on goal -- including only 10 all night by forwards. That's six goals in the last seven games, all of them by Stafford (4) or Tyler Ennis (2).
By the time the team plays Thursday in Edmonton, it will be two weeks -- two weeks! -- since anyone other than those two has scored. Pretty easy to see how one more regulation loss sets a franchise mark of eight straight.
At least rookie Nathan Lieuwen looked sharp in goal. And the kid was bright-eyed and smiling during his postgame chat with reporters too.
Click below to hear what was said in the locker room from Lieuwen, Stafford and coach Ted Nolan.