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Discuss: Penguins edge past Sabres in wild game

Feb 17, 2013, 3:29 PM EST

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Alexander Sulzer #52 of the Buffalo Sabres and Tanner Glass #10 of the Pittsburgh Penguins reach for the puck on February 17, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

This match had some great goaltending regardless of what the final score might suggest. Ryan Miller in particular made a spectacular save on a James Neal shot in the dying minutes of the third period. However, that didn’t prove to be a game-changer as Penguins defenseman Paul Martin bested Miller with 2:04 left in regulation time to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Here are the talking points:

  • Thomas Vanek is the first player to 25 points this season and it took him just 15 games. Is he a great player that’s off to a hot start or has he become an elite forward on the same level as guys like Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos?
  • Sabres forward Cody Hodgson scored his seventh goal of the season, giving him 14 points in 16 games. He’s getting more ice time with Buffalo than he ever did with the Vancouver Canucks prior to the Feb. 27, 2012 trade and it’s certainly paying off.
  • All the same, the Buffalo Sabres are now 6-9-1 this season. Will a rough start sink their playoff hopes yet again?
  • Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was certainly busy during the third period. He kicked out 16 of 17 shots over the final 20 minutes.
  • Pittsburgh is now 11-5-0, which by itself would be impressive, but keep in mind that they’ve played 10 of its 16 games on the road. With an 8-2-0 road record, the Penguins will return home for three straight contests at the Consol Energy Center.

Here are the highlights:

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  1. Philip - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    **Past

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I don’t think rilvary Wednesday will be kind to the flyers

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I knew this was one way to get thumbs up from you idiots !

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Who knew so many Pittsburgh Fans lived in the Buffalo Area?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        There easy to spot no teeth and camo baseball hats they most likely live there renting under a new address so their dodge ram that they are behind on payments won’t be repoed !

  3. ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Can Pittsburgh get through a game with out having to kill off a 5 on 3 power play? That being said both teams played well and Buffalo can really crash the net. They crashed the net, the goalie, the defenseman, and petty much anything else that got in there way. They play hard and aggressive and that was a fun game to watch. Crosby finally looks like he is back with a 5th 3pt game this month. Let’s go Pens🐧❗

  4. kgun80 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Good game .. Bad start killed them. Buffalo had the opportunity but they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Pominville ( a guy who usually makes the right play) dumps a backward blind pass while leaving the zone and basically hands them the game tying goal. Fleury definitely stood on his head for a little while there gotta give him credit he’s good in the crunch.

  5. spochiefsfan - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    What an exciting game! I think Buffalo will build momentum and make the playoffs.

  6. ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    How the hell is Buffalo 6-9-1? Vanek is the real deal, Miller is as good as any Goalie out there, and they play aggressive. Saber management needs to get a few more weapons and this team can be scary.

    • bmscalise - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      I’d agree – except that they significantly overpaid for at least a few of those pieces. When you overpay, you don’t have money for “a few more weapons.” They are sitting right at next year’s cap already.

      • ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        That I did not know. That’s unfortunate because they have a few good pieces.

  7. sjtorpitt - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Not sure about Vanek, he started out hot last year also. He is definitely a great player, but not on the level of Sid or Geno.

  8. franchisethighs - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Anyone else see Ott throw a Giroux like temper tantrum? Like their moms just walked in on them making out with the neighbor boy.

  9. letsgopens8771 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Great hard-fought win. Still, how do you blow a 2 goal lead to Buffalo? Great effort by Dupuis and Crosby. Looks like they’re back! Fleury was outstanding in the 3rd, even when he just kept getting pounded with shots, he held the fort. I still don’t agree with starting him today. I would have started Vokoun today and make sure Fleury is nice and rested for Philly Wednesday. Great work by Paul Martin, and Shero should keep him as long as possible. With the way Martin has been playing, he has worked really hard and looks just like the old Paul Martin. All the same, let’s beat those bastard Flyers on Rivalry Wednesday!!! Nice 4-3 win!!!

    GO PENS!!!!!

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      They have the league’s leading scorer and a kickass goalie. That’s how you blow the lead!

  10. djamesbart - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    or they have an automobile

  11. ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    🚨⚠Warning! We have a troll advisory! Phillynobrains has been spotted trolling on another Penguins article. This man has no friends and is considered extremely stupid! Do not engage him in any conversations! Doing so can cause a temporary loss of IQ points. Tell your friends! You have been warned!📢🚫

    • letsgopens8771 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Thus the name “Phillynobrains.” Temporary loss of IQ? I say permanent. Engaging in debates with trolling Flyers fans always lowers your IQ level.

      • ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        The best thing is that I haven’t heard the “Giroux is better then Crosby” argument in a few weeks.

  12. travishenryskid - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Hodgson’s offense has overshadowed his horrendous play in his own zone. Statistically, he’s been one of the worst defensive forwards in the NHL. Amazing when you can play on a line with the NHL’s leading scorer and have a negative +/-.

    • ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Did not know that either but you got an awesome name!

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