Since that trade, all Lehner has done is stone the Senators. He has played in 7 games against the team that drafted him and the organization he led to a Calder Cup championship, getting decisions in 5 of them. His numbers against Ottawa are ridiculous - 3-0-2 record, with a 1.18 GAA and .961 SP, and put the cherry on the sundae Saturday night with his first shutout against the Senators. Considering his career numbers are 2.74 GAA and .918 SP, it is safe to say he gets up to face Ottawa.
Ottawa fired 37 shots on the Sabres goalie, and carried the play for the most part, but the fact that they had a difficult time getting a lot of traffic in front of his vision, completing passes and holding onto the puck it was a frustrating game to watch from the Senators standpoint. They had almost as many shots blocked (17) or missing the target (17) as they got on goal, while the Sabres made the most of their 26 shots, beating Mike Condon 4 times before he was pulled mercifully in favor of Andrew Hammond.
Jack Eichel has had his season derailed by the high ankle sprain suffered on the eve of the season, but he was easily the best player in the ice, and although probably not quite in the league of Connor McDavid or even Auston Matthews, he will be a force to be reckoned with and a thorn in the Senators' side for the next ten to fifteen years. He had 2 assists and showed some flashy stickhandling and puck control on occasions.
Not that it was Condon's fault, except for the last goal that resulted in Boucher's hook coming out, it was a night where the Sabres were scoring some highlight reel goals. Kyle Okposo beat Marc Methot and Ryan Dzingel on a drive to the goal and put it upstairs to open the scoring, Ryan O'Reilly tipped home a shot from Rasmus Ristolainen right in front of the net and Sam Reinhart made a ridiculous curl and drag move in close for the third marker. Condon probably should have had Marcus Foligno's shot that resulted in the fourth goal, coming moments after a Dion Phanuf turnover and the Senators goalie wasn't quite set for the shot that went right through his 5-hole.
After a substandard first period, Boucher put the lines in a blender for the rest of the game, throwing out numerous different line combinations looking for something to click. All four lines were affected and the team responded with some dominant offensive zone time, but couldn't solve the big Buffalo goalie.
The Senators return home, having been away since the loss to Calgary before the All-Star break, and they will have a couple of days off to get re-acclimated to the home life before they host the Blues on Tuesday at Canadian Tire Centre.