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02-05-2013, 11:19 PM
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U: A Tale of Zone Exits at Scotiabank Place:
Buffalo's blue line looked like a unit completely overpowered and overmatched against Ottawa's puck possession system. Zone exits, in particular, were especially gruesome.

Two plays in particular stood out to me as evidence to the above; Mike Weber and Cody Hodgson flubbing what should've been an easy clear on the eventual Mika Zibanejad-Daniel Alfredsson marker, and Tyler Myers laughable effort on the Peter Regin-Chris Neil marker.

Alfredsson's goal at 14:15 in the first period simply doesn't happen if all five skaters work as a unit. But, after a defensive zone draw, Mike Weber (below) panicked, holding onto the puck and allowing Kyle Turris to apply initial pressure.

The puck eventually found Cody Hodgson in the corner working with little room, and his errant pass found Mika Zibanejad, who fed Daniel Alfredsson for the tally.

Bad play can be excusable. Lack of effort, though, is another animal entirely. Tyler Myers has really distanced the coaching staff and fan base with his lackluster play, and his attempt -- if you want to call it that -- at thwarting one Ottawa possession ended with another Senators goal.

Pictured below: Ottawa's dump-in. Note the time and space Buffalo should've had to (a) corral the puck; and (b) cleanly exit the zone.

And, here's Peter Regin -- initially at least four strides behind both Sabres skaters, and in particular, Myers -- beating both to the puck.

Myers has to assume full responsibility on that play, and didn't. Regin beat him to the corner, won the puck battle, and found the streaking Chris Neil for the last of four goals.

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