JAN. 26, 2017:

The Hockey News - - Buzz -

Sabres fans must hate the draft lottery by now. It’s al­ready cost them Aaron Ek­blad and Connor McDavid. And this year, they fin­ished just one point back of the Stars’ win­ning spot. Even in a weak draft year, the lottery gods couldn’t throw the Sabres a pity win.

Be­cause the Sabres were so close to Dal­las, we could high­light any Buf­falo loss on the year as the one that cost them a lottery win. But we might as well go with one that fea­tures the Stars, be­cause this one held a spe­cial kind of pain for long-suf­fer­ing Sabres fans.

The two teams got all the scor­ing out of the way in the first two pe­ri­ods, with the Sabres jump­ing out to a 2-0 lead, the Stars an­swer­ing with four straight, and Evan­der Kane cut­ting the Dal­las lead to 4-3 at the end of the sec­ond. That was it for goals in the game. Sort of.

With nine min­utes left, a goal-mouth scram­ble in the Stars crease was whis­tled dead. But when Dal­las goalie Kari Le­hto­nen got up, he left some­thing in­ter­est­ing in the net: the puck. Af­ter a lengthy re­view – is there any other kind? – the play was ruled no goal. To make mat­ters worse, the Sabres might’ve scored again in the dy­ing sec­onds, only to have yet an­other re­view re­sult in yet an­other no-goal call.

Com­bine those two calls with a failed off­side chal­lenge ear­lier in the game, and the Sabres went 0-for-3 on re­views and were left feel­ing robbed. Give the Sabres a win in this one, and they move past the Stars into 24th place at sea­son’s end – and snag the No. 3 pick in the draft.

The Buf­falo Sabres get­ting robbed by shady video re­views in a game against the Dal­las Stars? Nice one, hockey gods. Real sub­tle.

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