The Buffalo Sabres have lost 14 consecutive games, and the most recent disappointment came in the 5-3 decision to the New York Rangers on Monday.
Things looked positive for the Sabres at the start, as Rasmus Asplund got the first goal of the game at the 3:52 mark of the Second Period. The Rangers found their offensive rhythm and momentum thanks to goals by Kaapo Kakko, Chris Kreider and Adam Fox made the game 3-1 in favor of the Blueshirts.
Buffalo tied things up in the Third Period thanks to goals by Dylan Cozens and Jeff Skinner, before the Rangers sealed the game thanks to tallies by Kreider and Kakko.
In the cage for the Sabres Dustin Tokarski made 33 saves, while Keith Kinkaid made 16 saves for the Rangers. For Tokarski the start was his Sabres debut.
The appearance for Tokarski was also his first NHL appearance since October 2016, when he was with Anaheim. Thus far Tokarski has been with the Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Sabres, holding a 1-1-0 record with a .932 save percentage.
One of the keys for the Sabres in the loss was the fact that they were outshot by the Rangers by a tally of 40-19. Also not helping the team is the fact that they were 0-for-2 against the Rangers on the Power Play.
The Sabers will look to snap the streak against the tough Pittsburgh Penguins in back-to-back games on the road on Wednesday and Thursday.
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