LOS ANGELES -- It's been four years since the Sabres visited Southern California. It will be fine by them if they don't come back for another four.
The Sabres were embarrassed again Thursday, as they dropped back-to-back ugly decisions to Anaheim and Los Angeles. Jocelyn Thibault allowed four goals in the first period to L.A., and Ryan Miller didn't fare much better when he replaced him.
The Kings came out hitting, and the Sabres responded poorly -- much like they did against the Ducks. Buffalo took retaliatory penalties, which allowed L.A. to blow the game open. You can be sure other teams will look at the videos and adopt a hard-hitting approach whenever they match up against the Sabres.
Any chance Buffalo, a smaller team built on speed, can figure out how to handle that?
It's hard to believe this is the same team that came to the West Coast with wins in six of seven games. They play Saturday in San Jose, and if they get trounced again, it'll be a sign that personnel will have to change -- unless the Sabres want this to be a learning year for the young guys.