If Jhonas Enroth were in town, I would have given him the nod last night instead of Ryan Miller, given his performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins the last time these two teams met – which ended in a 1-0 Penguins victory.
Instead we took the premier goaltender into the competition and came up well short of a winning effort. The Pittsburgh Penguins used a strong third period shove to keep their road streak, winning streak, and Sidney Crosby’s point streak alive. The win puts them at twelve in a row, and are now five wins short of the record set in in the 1990s for most Penguins wins in a row.
For those that might want to give the old, well the refs favor the Penguins that is why the are winning so much, they actually received one more penalty than the Buffalo Sabres, and if you compile all the statistics, that claim is marginal at best, thanks to the work of Angela Havely.
A look at the 5-2 score would lead on to believe that the Penguins totally dominated the Sabres, but the Sabres had a marked advantage in shots, were just unable to bury the chances they needed to against Marc-Andre Fluery.
The Buffalo Sabres are on their usual kick of win a few, lose a few – with no consistency, while the Pittsburgh Penguins learned nothing from the Washington Capitals of last year where running away with the division hurt them in the long run. And you can’t even call it running away with the division, because despite getting 24 of the last possible 24 points on their schedule, they find themselves only a point ahead of second place Philadelphia, a team that they play on December 14th.
The Buffalo Sabres next game is Wednesday against the Boston Bruins, a team they have not been able to beat this year. The Sabres need a strong month if they want to continue the push towards eighth place, as they now find themselves seven points out of a playoff stop.
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