The Buffalo Sabres had nine days off between their last game against the Ottawa Senators and Friday night's game against the Penguins. They came out against the Penguins with a storm with their first goal from Paul Gaustad at the 17 second mark of first period and their second goal from Mike Grier at 7:03 of the same period. The team had a handful of good scoring chances in the first period and looked like they were going to be competitive all night.
The Sabres laid an egg in the second period and it cost them. The Penguins scored three goals in the second period and completely outclassed the Sabres in the second period which was the difference in their 3-2 over the Sabres.
Dustin Jeffrey, Tyler Kennedy, and Matt Cooke all scored in a four minute span and the Penguins held the Sabres to just six shots in the second period. After looking flat in the first 10 minutes of the game, the Penguins found their stride in the game looked like the contending team they have been for the past three seasons.
There are a few bright spots for the Sabres though in this game. The Grier-Niedermayer-Gaustad line was the best offensive line for the Sabres tonight, with Niedermayer recording assists on each of the Grier and Gaustad goals. The Ennis-Byron-Stafford line looked good early in the game and found some good chances throughout the game.
The Sabres were on the short end of the stick with the officials all night. The Penguins had five powerplays compared to the Sabres lone powerplay. To make matters worse, Matt Cooke's game winning goal was offsides:
The Sabres have to forget this game very quickly and look ahead to the Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena on Saturday. The Maple Leafs recorded their first shutout for the season against the Hurricanes on Thursday night. The Maple Leafs will be starting James Reimer again in net. Reimer has a 5-3 record with a 1.96 GAA in eight starts this season. Even though HSBC Arena could be Air Canada Center south when the Leafs show up, the team hasn't won here since December 12, 2008.
Game time is 7:00 pm and can be seen on MSG and CBC.