The Pittsburgh Penguins were not able to capitalize on a struggling Buffalo team to overtake Philadelphia for fourth in the conference. The Pens Defense and Goalie play today was not great, and the offense was not able to get anything going and because of that, the Pens were blown out in Buffalo 6-2.
Brent Johnson started today for Fleury, and he and the Pens Defense gave up 2 quick goals like they did the previous 3 times He has played. This time though, the team was not able to bail him out and that ultimately led to the Sabres breaking up their 4 game losing streak. Johnson was not able play the entire game today, so Fleury spelled him in the second period and matched his numbers. Both goalies stopped 9 of 12 shots.
Jason Pominville and Derek Roy each scored at least one goal and tallied a total of 3 points each as the Sabres started early and often. Pominville scored first, followed by Roy both int he first 5 minutes of the game. Paul Gaustad scored early in the second period to make it a 3-0 lead. Deryk Engelland Scored the first Penguins goal just a minute later to make it 3-1. That would be all the scoring for the first and second periods.
Jordan Staal was able to score a goal early in the third period, and backhanded Power Play goal that drew the Pens within 1 goal. But less than a minute later when it seemed like the Penguins had captured some momentum, Drew Stafford for the Sabres was able to busy a wrap around goal to stretch that lead back out to 4-2. That would be enough to win, though the Sabres were able to slip a Short Handed Goal past Fleury midway through the third period and then get Tyler Ennis to pitch in a Backhand to finish the Pens off today.
This game was a disappointing for the Penguins as they took on a Buffalo team that was coming off an embarrasing 7-2 loss to the Philly Flyers. It was the 4th loss in a row for them. Though today, they played much like the fans and coaching staff has wanted them to play like all year. The expectations coming into this season were that the Sabres were expected to be among leaders in goals scored like last season, and of course they have one of the premier goalies in the league. But that has not been the case this season, though at least for 1 game they were able to put things together.
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