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Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) makes a save on Buffalo Sabres left wing Vinnie Hinostroza (29) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig /USA TODAY Sports Article content
On a night when the Edmonton Oilers were playing the second of back-to-back games, and third road game in four nights, they were ripe for the picking Friday in Buffalo.
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Then again, so were the Sabres, who were 0-4-2 in their last six and are still in a Decade of Darkness that rivals any long-term misery the Oilers ever endured.
So, with the Oilers dog-tired and the Sabres tired of being dogs, it was a hotly-contested struggle at the KeyBank Center that came down to the final desperate seconds before the Oilers were forced to accept a 3-2 defeat.
Edmonton’s second upset loss in three games dropped them to 1-2 on the road trip and 10-3 on the season.
“We allowed them to score easy goals and we chased the game,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “We didn’t play very smart. “We gave them four breakaways and they scored on three of them. That’s not a recipe for success.
“It’s disappointing that we played the way we did and allowed them the opportunities they got.”