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Penguins lack ‘effort’ in loss to Sabres

Apr 3, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

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Jarome Iginla scored his first goal as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins (see the video) but that wasn’t enough in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

The loss, which came without Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh’s lineup, ends the Penguins’ winning streak at 15 games.

“At the time, it felt really good,” Iginla told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of his first goal. “That was a great pass. A lot of patience, and it gave me pretty much a wide-open net.

“Now [after the game], it doesn’t feel as good. It’s a loss and the end of the streak.”

The Iginla goal got the Penguins on even terms with the Sabres in the first period, however Buffalo scored three unanswered goals and didn’t allow Pittsburgh anything.

The Penguins had just 20 shots on goal the entire game.

“The effort was not where we wanted to be, not where we can have it,” Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury told NHL.com.

“We have been playing some great hockey, and tonight didn’t seem like our best effort.”

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    It had to end sometime, but against the Sabres? C’mon, man!

  2. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Sabres have beat the Rangers, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and New Jersey at some point during this season. Yes, the Sabres have a terrible record, but they’ve beat pretty quality teams at times. Miller was on point tonight, too.

    I’d rather the Pens lose to them than a good team, actually. It lets them keep the mental edge over teams like Montreal, Boston and Ottawa. The Northeast is the best division in hockey this year and the Pens are still 9-2 over them. Not too shabby. Vokoun put on a hell of a clinic the last 3 games and it finally caught up to him tonight. Add in that with losing their captain and the addition of new players shaking up roles on the team, and it just was bound to end eventually.

    They’ve played strong against the Rangers this season and Letang should be back any day now. Hopefully both of those factors turn things around before they get in a slump. It’d be nice to keep challenging the Hawks for number 1 overall seed.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      I agree – the Pens could have given more effort, the refs could have called more on them and not so many on us, the puck could have bounced our way more – but really Buffalo won that game because they were playing great hockey, as a team. We had zero seconds to move the puck once we got it, there was someone there instantly. I like watching Buffalo when they play like that, it has to be infuriating to the fans that they have been so inconsistent.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        As an aside…come on man get TK off the Kunitz and Duper line and use Jeffrey there. I understand needing to keep Malkin and Sutter where they are to develop chemistry, but that was painful. OK I’m done.

    • drunk4thliners - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Losing to the Sabres is hard to take, but I prefer the nostalgia of the Pens of my youth. The mental edge is still there, yes, but I’m kinda glad we lost against a bad team playing good hockey. Keeps the perspective right on “effort” and not merely on “talent”. When the injured players are back, we retool the chemistry and make a solid run. I believe their only weak point is going to be the effort. Everyone knows they can win many ways, but is it there enough for 16 when the chips are down.

  3. 5hole26 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    when campbells chunky soup comes back with his steel trap jaw, you will all be begging for mercy

  4. gamechanger87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    He probably resembles the Terminator and will destroy the world when he skates back onto the ice.

  5. jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    i was laughing my a** off when i saw gerbe step into that scrum, i think cooke was too. great picture

    • thebandit27 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      I can promise you that you wouldn’t be laughing if you’ve seen Nate in real life…he may be short, but he’s like a brick wall.

      Kid benches 300+…I wouldn’t mess with him.

  6. gamechanger87 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    The kid I wouldn’t mess with is Hybrid Sid, all shuld beware of his returning wrath

  7. 5hole26 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    fear the soup can…

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