-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. Sidney Crosby extended a scoring streak against the Sabres to 19 games.
-The Buffalo News' recap. "If you don’t try against a team like that, you see the result.” - Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons.
-The Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald's recap. “When you play a team like that, you can’t play timid, you can’t play on your heels." - Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges on the Penguins.
-The Associated Press' recap. "We didn't want to give Buffalo any hope early, and I thought we took that away from them in the first 10 minutes." - Mike Johnston.
-Steve Downie vs. Sabres defenseman Mike Weber:
-Happy times for Crosby and company:
-Crosby and Gorges battled for this puck:
-It was that kind of night for defenseman Tyler Myers and the Sabres:
-A hockey night in Buffalo:
-Kris Letang speaks:
-“Guys are buying in and everybody’s trusting the system and just working.” - Nick Spaling on the team's penalty kill.
-What's different for Johnston from the junior to the professional level?
-Two goals by Bryan Rust led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 6-4 win against the Binghamton Senators. Josh Archibald netted a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Matt Murray made 30 saves.
-Beau Bennett was a healthy scratch on account of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playing three games in three days this weekend.
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Andrew Ebbett appeared in the 500th professional game of his career.
-Franky Palazzese made 22 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-3 win against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
-Happy 44th birthday to current Penguins assistant general manager and former forward Bill Guerin. Acquired at the 2009 trade deadline in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Islanders, Guerin spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. Guerin finished 2008-09 by appearing in 17 games and scoring 12 points. In the 2009 postseason, he played in all 24 games, finished third on the team with 15 points and helped the franchise claim its third Stanley Cup title. He returned in 2009-10 and saw action in 78 games while scoring 45 points. He played in 11 games in that spring's playoffs and scored nine points. He retired following that season and is currently a player development coach with the Penguins. In 95 regular season games with the Penguins, Guerin scored 57 points. In 35 postseason games, he scored 27 points. He was hired as a member of the team's front office in 2011.
-After the Jump: Jarome Iginla roughs up Brayden Schenn.
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In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Steelers first Super Bowl season, the Post-Gazette is reprinting the game story from each week of that year. This story was first published on Nov. 11, 1974.
Bengals Lance Steelers, 17-10; Tighten Race
By Dave Fink / Post-Gazette Sports Writer
CINCINNATI – If he were an escape artist, you could compare him to Houdini. If he were a hypnotist, you could compare him to Svengali. If he were a detective you could compare him to Sherlock Holmes.
But all Ken Anderson is, was or ever hopes to be is a quarterback, and comparisons in that league are at best risky and even more subjective than grading a college English theme. Let it be said, however, that yesterday in the dank and dark that pervaded Riverfront Stadium, he was closer to perfection than any quarterback you me, or Amos Alonzo Stagg ever laid eyes upon.
Completing 20 of 22 passes for 227 yards, Anderson directed the Bengals to a 17-10 decision over the Pittsburgh Steelers before 57,532 fans.
The victory was the Bengals sixth in nine starts; the loss was the Steelers’ second as opposed to six wins and a tie. So, instead of Pittsburgh taking an almost insurmountable 2 ½ game lead in the American Conference Central Division, Cincinnati now trails by only a half-game.
Anderson completed his first eight passes to stretch a record-breaking string of 16 over a two-game period.
He has now completed 37 of his last 43 passes and Glen Edwards, who was ejected for clotheslining Anderson on a violent sideline tackle late in the third quarter. “He is a very patient man. He is not bomb-happy like some quarterbacks.
“We were willing to give him three or four yards on every pass to a back if it meant stopping the big play. We stopped the big play. We stopped the big play but we might have given their backs a little too much room to operate.”
As a result, Doug Dressler, replacing the injured Boobie Clark at fullback, was Cincinnati’s leading receiver with nine catches for 84 yards. Rookie Charlie Davis, making his first pro start, was next in line with four receptions for 45 yards.
“They showed us a lot of deep zones in order to cut off Curtis” said Anderson. “But they gave us the backs coming out. You have to take what you can get and be happy with it.”
Technically speaking, the Steelers strategy against Curtis and his disarming speed was a huge success. He caught only one pass for a meager five-yard gain and was, statistically at least, a non-factor.
“Our plan was to take away the big play and that of course, meant stopping Curtis,” admitted Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll. “We saw nothing we hadn’t expected from them and we had coverages designed to handle their back, but we just didn’t execute them well at all.”
“As for Anderson, his statistics speak for themselves. He was great.”
Anderson’s accuracy only served to magnify the ineffective performance of his Steeler counterpart, Terry Bradshaw. Hitting only 13 of 35 passes for 140 yards, Bradshaw frequently threw into double and triple coverages and above or beyond open receivers.
“That was what got me,” said Bradshaw. “We’d have a receiver open and I’d miss him bad. That frustrates me. It has to. But we knew we’d have to throw into that kind of coverage and we had passes designed to handle them.
“We wanted to throw into the seam between the coverages but I just didn’t get it done enough.”
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Mitch McConnell, who famously crowed in 2010 that his first priority would be to make Obama a one-term president, will now be the Senate Majority Leader. Obama said last week he would be more than happy to sit down with Mitch McConnell and have a bourbon. Can't wait to see that.
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AUSTIN, Texas — Welp.
West Virginia came out flat and then was flattened some more by Texas tonight. The Mountaineers did nothing right in the first half and could never quite overcome its mistakes, as the Longhorns held off No. 24 West Virginia's fourth-quarter rally for a 33-16 victory.
This was as hangover-y and hangover games come. West Virginia, coming off a frustrating 31-30 defeat against then-No. 6 TCU last week, just wasn't ready to play. And those aren't my words ... here's what the coaches and players had to say afterward.
• "The first half was a good, old-fashioned butt-kicking on all three sides of the ball. Got out-coached; got out-played."
• "It was Football 101 in the first half. They blocked better. They ran the ball between the tackles. We didn't block very well. We couldn't run the ball between the tackles. It's Football 101. If you can't block and tackle, you're going to get beat."
• "Weren't ready to play. Wanted it to be easy, and it was hard. Wanted it to be easy, and it was really hard."
• "We came out sluggish, couldn't stop the run. That's 100 percent on me. They controlled the line of scrimmage and did what they wanted to do."
• "We decided to play [in the second half]. First half we would've been better off sitting on the bus."
• "It wasn't a big secret what they were going to do. Double tight end sets and big backs. They were going to pound it, and they did. They controlled us up front, ran through our linebackers, ran through our DBs. But, again, it's not on the kids, it's on me."
• "The first half? You can't win a game like that."
And that's just the stuff I can pick up from my chicken-scratch handwriting here on deadline.
West Virginia was badly outdone in every way tonight; that much is clear to everyone watching. Rose did credit Texas, saying the Longorns are "the best 5-5 team in the country, for sure," and he might not be wrong. Texas looked good last week in a big win on the road against Texas Tech. This was a game most folks expected West Virginia to roll through, but maybe that's why oddsmakers ain't so foolish — West Virginia was only a 3-point favorite.
This is a tough place to place. As Holgorsen pointed out, after the tough losses earlier in the season, West Virginia didn't have to go on the road and play in front of 95,000 the next week. That could have something to do with it.
But, mostly, there can't be many excuses for this one.
Texas took advantage of its scoring opportunities, and West Virginia didn't have a clue how to capitalize on theirs. I'll write more on it later, but there were mental mistakes galore that ruined perfectly good scoring chances (some obvious, some not), and you can't go on the road and win with those types of mistakes.
West Virginia also couldn't protect the Clint Trickett, especially late. He was sacked for a safety one series and strip-sacked on the next one. His numbers ended up being pretty fair — 36 of 49 passing for 248 yards and an interception — but he wasn't a threat in the downfield passing game. He was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this year.
The running game never really got going, save Dreamius Smith — kudos to him, really coming into form lately — going off in the fourth quarter. Smith finished with 10 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. Holgorsen laid some of the blame on the offensive line, which he admitted struggled throughout the night.
And, before I duck out, here's what Holgorsen said when I asked about the official review that really stalled the offense on the second drive of the game.
"It killed us," he said. "It killed us. But that's just part of it. That's not anybody's fault. We were close to the goal line; we didn't get in. We could have done something about the push and been able to get in on third down. We go for it on fourth down and get buzzed — the referees did what they were supposed to do. We would have scored on that one. And then we go out there and false start. So, it's a four-point turn. Nothing you can do about it."
West Virginia enters its bye week now, and it's got plenty of questions to answer before facing Kansas State on Thursday night in two weeks.