The Sabres got off to a quick start in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to St. Louis, as Tyler Ennis opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the campaign just 10 seconds after the opening faceoff. Ennis’ goal was the fastest Sabres goal to start a game since Drew Stafford also scored 10 seconds into the game against Edmonton on January 27, 2009. Alexander Mogilny owns the franchise record for the fastest goal to start a game, scoring just five seconds in on December 21, 1991.
Unfortunately, this would be the only Sabres tally of the night. Buffalo was able to sustain a consistent forecheck throughout the game, but ultimately could not generate enough offense to get the win.
“I think our compete level was high; a lot of hits, a lot of effort,” said Ennis. “Sometimes when you’re skating around and playing hard, you leave spaces on the ice open and they were able to capitalize.”
Interim coach Ted Nolan felt like the Sabres youth and lack of experience were the main reasons why the Sabres fell short to a seasoned Blues squad on Tuesday.
“Our youth really showed tonight,” said Nolan. “This is one of the better teams in the National Hockey League. We just have to keep pushing forward. We have a lot of work to do. We just have to be patient. Keep teaching, keep learning.”
The Sabres welcomed back former teammate Derek Roy to the First Niagara Center on Tuesday.
Roy, who was drafted by Buffalo in the second round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, spent eight seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2003-2012. Roy was a popular player during his Sabres tenure, tallying 421 points (161+266) in 549 games with the team.
Former Sabre Jordan Leopold is also with St. Louis now, but did not make the trip due to injury. Leopold played with the Sabres from 2010-2013, recording 67 points (25+42) in 174 games during his time in Buffalo.
Tuesday marked the first of two meetings between the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues this season and the Sabres first home game against the Blues since November 12, 2008. Buffalo will play in St. Louis on April 3.