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Sabres to lose lead, game to Pens

It was a much better start than on Friday night but the result was the same after allowing four third period goals.  The Sabres fell 5-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo in Pittsburgh.  Buffalo held a 2-1 heading into the third after a power play goal by Thomas Vanek but failed to hold on to the lead.

It's the same old story for the Sabres they play well early in the game but fail to pull away.  Eventually they have break downs and the opponent takes advantage...the result is another mark in loss column.  This was the story all of last season and recently it seems to be the case this season as well.  In this game it was Daniel Paille who failed to back check on Jordan Staal allowing him to net the game winner in the third.

I only caught the highlights of this game so I can't comment on the entire game but if the stats tell the story it was all Sabres early and all Pens in the end.  Buffalo outshot the Pens 11-6 in the first period but the Pens outshot Buffalo 19-12 through the final two periods. 

Miller played this game in place of Lalime who had a rough one on Friday night and it worked for two periods.  Miller allowed three goals on eight shots in the third period and the Pens added an empty netter to seal the game.

If you're interested in the Pens point of view Pensburgh has their recap of the game.  As Frank pointed out in the comments of the game thread...the Pens have been outstanding in the third period lately.