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Pens add to Sabres’ misery

Oct 5, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

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There isn’t much good news for the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, but here’s one thing: at least they didn’t get shut out twice in a row. Thomas Vanek ended Buffalo’s scoreless streak at 122:30, but it was too little too late, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Sabres 4-1.

Marc-Andre Fleury was mere minutes away from getting his second straight shutout while also ensuring that the Sabres would be shut out for the second time in a row.

Even though that splashier scenario didn’t play out, it still paints a picture of two teams going in remarkably different directions.

In the case of the Penguins, it seems like they have check marks in every category* except goalie, which is a question. On the bright side, Fleury, 28, is off to a hot start, allowing just one goal on 48 shots in two wins.

The Sabres’ only strength might be in net with Ryan Millerand he’s already banged up.

Buffalo has only generated two goals in three games, and it’s not like the Sabres are suffering from bad luck alone. Their three opponents generated a disturbing 115-76 shot disparity, outscoring Buffalo 7-2 in the process.

The only saving grace might be the quality of the Sabres’ three opponents, as all three – Detroit, Ottawa and Pittsburgh – made it to the second round of the 2013 playoffs and are generally respected around the league. If the results are the same against less dominant competition in their next two games (home contests vs. Tampa Bay and Columbus), then Buffalo will really gather more “worst team in hockey” hype.

* – Many will quibble with this, but they at least have talent at many levels, can we agree on that?

  1. chanceoffleury1 - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Wooo! Off to a great start. Hopefully the Buccos can keep the winning momentum going tomorrow on the North Shore!!

  2. pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a more terrible team.

  3. earpaniac - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Looks like the Sabres better start looking for trading partners.

    • buffhockeynutt - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Don’t think you can trade the GM, can you??

  4. bagjr387 - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    If people didn’t see this coming, then they don’t pay any attention to the sabres. They are very young and don’t have a lot of scoring depth…

  5. Stiller43 - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Pens look great. Too bad its not april-june

    • dirt2013 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      They have played 2 of the worst teams in the east so it’s a little early to be using the word great.

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