The Buffalo Sabres are too much to handle for the Pittsburgh Penguins this year. Anytime the Pittsburgh Penguins see the Buffalo Sabres with a winning streak in hand – Buffalo hands the best team in the Eastern Conference a loss.
Thomas Vanek scored two goals, and the Buffalo Sabres doubled up on the Penguins to further prevent the Penguins from chasing down the top spot from the league. With Vanek’s two goals, he was able to hit the 20 goal plateau – keeping him at the 20 goal or better mark in every one of the National Hockey League campaign’s he has played in.
Marc-Andre Fleury was able to stop 29 Buffalo Sabres shots, but Ryan Miller bested his counterpart with 40 saves of his own, only allowing Chris Kunitz and Jarome Iginla. Buffalo never trailed against the conference leaders. Steve Ott and Jochen Hecht knotted the other two goals for the Buffalo Sabres.
As the Buffalo Sabres prepare for the end of the season, games against teams like the Montreal Canadiens (save for that one flopper), Boston Bruins, and Pittsburgh Penguins are not ones that should be looked at for reasons the Sabres missed the playoff cut. The Buffalo Sabres are definitely a team that plays to the strength of their opponent on most nights, and it cost them dearly this year.
Buffalo has one game left on their schedule – and that is the playoff bound New York Islanders – who clinched a spot tonight. Fan Appreciation night should be extremely eventful – with nothing on the line for either team – it could be a wide open, fan friendly affair.