Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sabres 4, Penguins 3

So what happened?
A fast start led to a 3-0 lead for the Pens. A penalty shot by Drew Stafford completely changed the game in the second period, leading to four unanswered goals and a loss for the Pens. The intensity was there, and the level of play was good throughout, but the Sabres wanted it more in the third period. Patrick Lalime seems to have the Pens' number right now, as much as Ryan Miller doesn't.

Who scored?
Staal (11), Guerin (12), Kunitz (6)

Any surprises?
Allowing four goals on 24 shots is a surprise for the Pens. They're usually much better than that.

Any change in the standings?
Other teams are winning while the Pens are going through a slump, so...
Division: 2nd (two points behind New Jersey)
Conference: 3rd (one point behind Washington)
League: 5th (tied with Phoenix, one point behind Washington)

Who's next?
New Jersey. Tonight. Ugh.

  • Lindy Ruff gets the Coaching Move of the Night award when he put Stafford out there for the penalty shot. Drew Stafford was a healthy scratch for the Sabres last game. The successful penalty shot propelled the Sabres to the win.
  • The Pens only made it onto the power play twice - that's not enough.
  • If Fleury stops that penalty shot, that becomes a completely different game, I believe.

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