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If there were lessons to be learned for the young Sabres in their two games at the Prospects Challenge, they certainly learned them the hard way. A game full of costly penalties found them in a hole that even a late two-goal surge couldn’t dig them out of in a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday. The loss was the second in as many games for the Sabres. “We had a push in the last five minutes,” Rochester Americans coach Dan Lambert said afterward. “At the end of the day, when you play for five minutes you don’t win too many games.”
Buffalo trailed 4-1 when Alexander Nylander scored to light a fire under the Sabres with 2:33 remaining in the contest. Nylander helped out with a secondary assist on Brendan Guhle’s goal less than a minute later to bring the Sabres within one, but their comeback effort stopped there.
The Sabres struggled to develop any flow or consistency prior to those final minutes due to the same combination of penalties and turnovers that held them back in their 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
Buffalo took nine penalties and allowed eight power play opportunities for the Bruins, two of which turned into Boston goals. Lambert was not only dissatisfied with the frequency of the penalties, but also with the quality of them.
“When you look at the penalties, a lot of them were stick penalties which, in my opinion, those are lazy penalties,” Lambert said. “When you take lazy penalties you’re not going to have a lot of success. If …