The view from Buffalo
“The fun in the California sun didn’t last very long.
Buffalo failed Thursday night in its attempt to build off a big win in San Jose, and the Sabres found themselves back in the loss column. Los Angeles’ power play made the Sabres pay for their trips to the penalty box, and the Kings skated to a 2-0 victory in quiet Staples Center.”
“Mikhail Grigorenko understands why he watched from the press box Thursday night as the Sabres played in Los Angeles. Buffalo was coming off a big win over San Jose, so coach Ron Rolston decided to keep the forward lines and defensive pairings intact against the Kings.
‘I understand his decision to stick with the roster that won the game,’ Grigorenko said in Staples Center. ‘He’s the coach and guys played well the last game, so I don’t think you have to change anything.
‘But I don’t understand why I was scratched in the previous games.’”
DIE BY THE BLADE
Andy Boron: Sabres at Kings recap: Quick shuts out Buffalo
“The Buffalo Sabres came into last night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings looking for their first winning streak of the season, and they left the game looking at Jonathan Quick’s blocker and their own penalty sheet as two reasons why they failed to achieve such an impossible dream.”
“It’s no secret Ryan Miller isn’t getting much help in front of him this year. With only two wins on the year and 37 goals against 12 games into the season he’s not exactly putting up his best numbers. However, when you look a bit deeper into the stats, and his main competition for the job, he might just be the best choice in the attempt to lead Team USA to a gold medal in Sochi.”