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The Buffalo Sabres had the game against the Washington Capitals won but then lost it. In the end, they got a point but not the two points that came with the win. The final score was 5-4 as the Capitals won the game n overtime. 

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In this edition of Sabres’ News & Rumors, I’ll look at the team’s predicament insofar as a postseason run is concerned. I’ll also look at some of the player news emerging from the game. Finally, I’ll review where the team’s top-five scorers are for this season.

Item One: It Can Be Frustrating Being a Fan of a Good (But Young) Team

It can be frustrating being a Sabres fan when the team repeatedly gives up leads and loses games, especially when they have a number of opportunities to win. What can the team do better? Perhaps it’s just the Sabres’ youthful lineup. But the consistency in all areas of the game just isn’t there yet. 

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Perhaps, the ability to close out games successfully is something that comes with experience. Right now, the team’s high-powered offense offers them chances to win. It would seem that a similar focus on defensive strategies would allow this team to tighten up play in its own end. 

As well, the team’s ability to maintain its intensity and focus throughout the entire game just isn’t there yet. These are mistakes that provide lessons that can lead to the necessary adjustments that will improve the Sabres’ on-ice performance. It might simply be too soon to expect the whole package this season.

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In the end, the Sabres didn’t get the two points that were so necessary for having a chance at a playoff run. The truth is that, with every game like this, the team’s chances of ending its franchise-record 11-season postseason drought are dwindling. 

Item Two: That Postseason Drought Might Last Another Season

Currently, the Sabres have the longest streak without hitting the postseason in the NHL. It’s looking like that streak might last another season. Currently, the Sabres have lost seven of their last nine games. 

True, they remain in the playoff race, but they have to start winning. Despite the disappointment of the loss, after the game, Buffalo’s Tyson Jost highlighted the team’s determination to keep pushing and putting together wins.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Buffalo Sabres (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

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