-We were doing a little research into Tom Barrasso's stats last night given his history with the Penguins and Sabres and this number blew us away.
-That's how many penalty minutes Barrasso had while with the Penguins. Overall, he had 430.
-Still, 251? To put that in perspective, Craig Adams, no shrinking violet himself, has 248.
-Here's the Penguins' all-time leaders in penalty minutes among goaltenders:
|1. Tom Barrasso||251|
|2. Denis Herron||67|
|3. Andy Brown||62|
|4. Al Smith||61|
|5. Ken Wregget||50|
|6. Marc-Andre Fleury||42|
|7. Johan Hedberg||40|
|8. Frank Pietrangelo||30|
|9. Brent Johnson||24|
-Al Smith got into five fives during his career with the Penguins and only has 61 penalty minutes.
-Fleury moved past Hedberg last week after getting a minor for his dust-up with Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj. Barrasso once had 42 penalty minutes in a season (1993-94).
-Brian Gibbons is expected to return to the lineup tonight and work on Sidney Crosby's right wing. His return will be a breath of fresh air. Chuck Kobasew had a few decent shifts on that line against the Islanders Thursday but beyond that, he offered nothing. After Tanner Glass morphed into a wrecking ball in the second period of Saturday's game in Dallas, he was given a promotion to that line but on his best days, Glass is never going to ever look like a top-line winger.
-Gibbons has shown abilities on this line. He skates at the same pace as Crosby and Chris Kunitz. He can make passes in tight spaces. His only flaw is the lack of a good shot. He's no Pascal Dupuis.
-Glass is expected to man the third line left wing with Brandon Sutter and Jayson Megna. Even if its for a handful of shifts, Glass earned that promotion.
-A lot has been made over the team's defense in recent weeks. We don't think it's a coincidence that this team has had its top four defensemen returning to the lineup after extended absences during that time. That's a fair amount of collective rust to shake off. We would like to see Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang be given a chance to get comfortable with one another as a defensive pairing. Due to injuries to both players, they have played relatively little hockey together this season.
-Old Mark Recchi:
-New Mark Recchi:
-Fans entering the barn:
-As always, there are several Sabres fans on hand. Christian Ehrhoff:
-Just your average Marc-Andre Fleury/Lindy Ruff duo:
-The always rare Patrick Lalime/Marty McSorley duo:
-Fleury Team Canada:
-It's a good night for the "Snoop Dogg" jerseys. Bryan Trottier:
-Jersey of the Night: Former Penguins/Sabres (heck)raider, Matthew Barnaby:
-The Penguins' starters are Sidney Crosby, Tanner Glass, Chris Kunitz, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin and Marc-Andre Fleury.
-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Andrew Ebbett and Chuck Kobasew.
-The Sabres' starters are Tyler Ennis, Zemgus Girgensons, Matt Moulson, Tyler Myers, Henrik Tallinder and Ryan Miller.
-Their scratches are John Scott, Drew Stafford, Alexander Sulzer.
-Jeff Jimerson handles his business:
19:30: Glass smacks Tallinder into the boards near the Sabres' bench inside Buffalo's blue line.
18:54: Off an offensiv zone facoff win by Steve Ott, Ehrhoff strokes a one-timer form the left point. Fleury boots it out.
17:50: Sutter snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Miller boots it out.
17:27: A wrister by Deryk Engelland from the left circle is snagged by Miller.
16:32: Glass gets another shift with Crosby and Kunitz. He gives Chad Ruhwedel a solid bump into the left wing corner boards of the Sabres' zone.
16:12: Kunitz snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Miller snags it.
14:51: After a turnover by Malkin from his own left wing corner, Tallinder lifts a wrister from the left circle. Fleury bats it away.
14:29: Megna sneaks up the right wing and snaps off a low wrister which Miller kicks out.
13:55: Taking a pass at the left point, Ruhwedel chucks a wrister on net. Fleury snags it.
12:06: Battlign for a puck dump into the Sabres' right wing corner, Taylor Pyatt (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) slams Tyler Myers (6-foot-8, 219 pounds) to the ice. That was an impressive display of strength.
10:23: Megna race sin off the right wing and tries to tuck in a backhander which Miller kicks out.
10:09: Off a feed by Megna, Orpik fires a wrister which Miller eats up.
10:00: The Penguins will get the first power play of the game as Tallinder flings a wrister out of play from his own zone. That's a delay of game minor. Neal, , Crosby, Kunitz, Mlakin and Letang take the ice.
9:49: Off a feed by Malkin, Neal rips a wrister from above the left circle. Miller smothers it despite a nice screen by Kunitz.
9:36: A wrister by Letang from the left half wall is blocked by Myers.
9:29: Off a feed from Malkin, Crosby cranks a one-timer from the left circle which deflects out of play.
9:21: Neal chucks a wrister from the right circle. Miller snags it.
8:00: The Tallinder minor is killed. The Penguins were pretty aggressive with that chance in terms of shooting the puck.
7:26: After Sutter and Gibbons dig a puck out from a scrum on the left wing boards, Jokinen whacks a shot from the right circle. Miller says no.
7:13: Sutter cranks a one-timer from the right circle. Miller kicks it out.
6:41: Glass chucks a wrister from the right circle which Miller boots away.
6:38: Glass is called for high sticking Ennis. Craig Adams, Martin, Sutter and Orpik take the ice.
5:28: Jamie McBain attempts a one-timer from center point and breaks his stick. Kunitz picks up the puck and pushes it up ice challenging poor McBain down the Sabres' slot. McBain holds his ground and does a marvelous job to block the shot.
4:38: The Glass minor is killed by the Penguins. Buffalo offered little threat there.
4:15: Circling around the net, Malkin lifts a wrister from the left circle wide of the cage.
3:32: Off a feed by Neal, Niskanen whacks a one-timer from the left point which is blocked by Brian Flynn.
2:30: Off a drop pass by Crosby in the neutral zone, Mgna races into the offenvei zone and lifts a wrister from the right circle. Miller kicks it out.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 0, Sabres 0.
-The Penguins quietly controlled that period. They had the puck most of the time in the Sabres' zone and put plenty of pucks on net.
-Overall, it was a pretty stale period. There was relatively little action.
-Megna stood out to us. He created a handful of scoring chances with simple speed and hustle.
-Miller was pretty tuned in. He seemed to locate just about everything.
-The Penguins have a 15-5 lead in shots on net.
-The Penguins lead in attempted shots, 22-9.
-Sutter leads the game with three shots.
-None of the Sabres has more than one shot.
-Letang leads the game with 8:51 of ice time.
-Myers leads the Sabres with 7:55.
-The Sabres have a 12-11 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).
-Malkin is 5 for 7 (71 percent).
-Zenon Konopka is 4 for 7 (57 percent).
-No one had more than one blocked shot.
-Orpik graces the cover of Icetime:
19:22: Off a droppass by Crosby, Gibbons
19:13: Ville Leino muscles his way by Martin down the slot and lifts a backhander on net. Fleury stops it. Ott gets behind Orpik and jabs the rebound on net. Fleury snags it.
18:59: Jokinen rips a wrister from the left wing. Miller bats it away.
17:55: Neal rips a wrister from a bad angle on the right wing well wide of the cage.
15:12: Off a feed from behind the net, Moulson abs shot fro in gith in the slot
14:16: Kunitz races up the right wing and rips a wrister wide to the far side.
14:20: Off a feed from Gibbons, Crosby has a chance right in front of Miller and tries to jam in a backhander but Miller pokes it away.
14:16: The Penguins didn't waste the second third opportunity. Crosby deals a backhanded pass from the right circle by a sliding Mike Weber. Gibbons is positioned to the left off the cage and taps the feed off the near post. As Miller scrambles, the puck hits off the post. Kunitz is of the right of the net an cleans up the rebound by plunking in the puck. Gibbons an Crosby get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1-0.
13:24: Off a feed by Jokinen, Neal lifts a wrister from the right circle.
13:01: Glass macks Rudwedel on the right wing boards of the Penguins' zone and drops him.
12:47: The Sabres get another power play as Megna is called for high sticking Ehrhoff in the Sabres' zone while battling for a puck. Adams, Sutter, Martin and Orpik the ice.
12:03: Ehrhoff floats a wrister from the center point. Fleury steers it away.
10:47: The Megna minor is killed with little threat.
8:33: Attendance is announced as 18,563. It is the team's 312th consecutive sellout.
7:55: Tanner Glass. Playmaker. After Engelland forces Tallinder into a turnover in the Sabres' left circle. Glass picks the puck up and pushes it deep on the left wing. He fends off Myers and deals a pass through traffic to Engelland to the right of the crease. Engelland is able to lift a wrister by a sprawling Miller to give the Penguins' a two-goal lead. There's some all-too-rare secondary scoring. Adams and Glass get assists. Adams apparently made contact with Glass' pass. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 2-0.
5:53: Neal rips a trick wrister from the slot. Miller punches it away.
1:33: After a few stagnant minutes, Jokinen flings a wrister on net from the right point.
0:32: Phil Varone lifts a wrister from the right wing. Fleury boots it away.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Sabres 0.
-That was more of the same this period. The only difference was the Penguins cashed in a few of their chances.
-How ironic was it that the Penguins' finally got a goal from the bottom six forward but it was from a defenseman?
-The Penguins forced Miller to move a bit more that period. that caused him to give them a few more looks at the net.
-The Penguins lead in shots on net, 25-16.
-The Penguins have a 39-25 lead in attempted shots.
-Neal leads the game with four shots.
-Moulson leads the Sabres with three.
-Fire Ray Shero.
-Letang leads the game wth 15:35.
-Myer leasd the game with 15:03 of ice time.
-The Penguins have a 21-13 lead in faceoffs (62 percent).
-Malkin is 8 for 10 (80 percent).
-Konopka is 5 for 10 (50 percent).
-No one has more than one blocked shot.
17:28: HUGE SAVE. Off a spinning cross-ice feed by Varone, Flynn attakc the net off the right wing. He redirects the puck on net. Fleury slides to his left and robs him. Flynn settles the rebound and taps under Fleury and wide of the the cage. Fans offer "Fleerrr-EEEEE!" chants in appreciation.
15:46: Another big save by Fleury. Gibbons turns the puck over on the right wing of the Penguins' zone. Leino deals a pass to Moulson all alone. Fleury is able to kick out his forehand shot. Moulson was all alone. Who was supposed to be covering him. Was that a bad line change? Fans offer more "Fleerrr-EEEEE!" chants.
14:28: Marcus Folingo cranks a slapper form above the left circle. It hits off Fleury's lid and deflects out of play. Orpik is shown on the bench with athletic trainer Chris Stewart addressing some cuts on his face.
10:46: Kunitz heads to the penalty box for slashing Ehrhoff's stick in half. That's two minutes. Martin, Oroik, Adams and Sutter each take the ice.
9:51: Moulson snaps off a wrister from the right circle which Moulson deflects on net. Fleury snags it.
9:25: Glass smacks Jamie McBain in front of the Sabres' bench.
8:46: The Kunitz minor is killed. The Sabres have nothing going on offense.
6:43: Neal rips a wrister from the right circle. Miller fights it off.
6:36: Letang chucks a wrister from the right point on net. Miller punches it away.
5:34: A heavy wrister by Myers from the right circle is fought off by Fleury.
3:02: Off a cross-ice feed by Malkin Letang whips a wrister from the left circle which Miller fights off.
1:30: With Miller pulled, Myers whacks a slapper from the right. Fleury fights it off despite traffic.
1:21: Ehrhoff whips a wrister from deep on the right wing. Fleury eats it up.
0:40: More "FLEERRRR...EEEEEE!" chants.
0:27: Adams launches a wrister from the Buffalo blue line and misses. Glass is able to settle the puck in the right wing corner and chips it into the open cage for one of us:
-Adams and Crosby get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 3-0.
0:00: End of game. Penguins 3, Sabres 0.
-Tonight's game won't make many season-ending highlight reels. It won't in any way be part of this team's signature on this season. But it was important. After getting smacked by the Stars Saturday, the Penguins needed a thorough win like this regardless of the competition.
-Let's keep in mind that this is a pretty bad team the Penguins played. The Penguins should have won this game easily.
-This was hardly a perfect win. The Penguins' had a few sloppy plays in their own zone which led to some nice scoring chances for the Sabres. That's where Marc-Andre Fleury cleaned things up. He stole goals on about three or four chances for Buffalo tonight. He earned this shutout.
-While the Sabres don't resemble the 1984-85 Oilers on the power play, the Penguins' penalty kill was perfect the three times it was on the ice. After getting shredded by the Stars, this unit needed a bounce back game in a big way.
-The Penguins also found ways to get scoring from their bottom six forwards. Granted, one came from a defenseman - Deryk Engelland - and the other came with an empty net, but each goal was important, especially considering the second line was limited on offense.
-The more and more we see of him, the more and more we want to get on the Brian Gibbons bandwagon. He just fits with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. He looked like he had been playing with them for five years on the play which led to Kunitz's goal.
-Jayson Megna offered a strong game on the third line, especially in the first period. He created a few things with pure and simple speed and hustle.
-Tanner Glass had another strong game. It wasn't perfect. He had a penalty and an ugly turnover in his own zone but Glass came out with a ton of hits once again and made a nice play to create Engelland's goal.
-Say what you will about Engelland as a forward. But he has scored four goals while playing out of position quite a bit this season. That's impressive.
-Engelland ($566,667 salary cap hit) has four goals in 39 games. Toronto's David Clarkson ($5.25 million) has three goals in 36 games.
-Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin had an iffy game. They allowed the chronically underachieving Ville Leino to walk right down the slot for a breakaway (as well as Steve Ott's ensuing chance on the rebound) in the first period and they looked completely out of sorts on the chance Matt Moulson had early in the third period. They haven't looked quite right since both came back from injuries.
-Kris Letang and Rob Scuderi had a pretty clean game as a pairing.
-The Sabres actually played a solid game within their limitations. They don't have a ton of skill on this roster but they worked hard. They forced the Penguins' to skate.
-Ryan Miller was solid. He saw a lot of quality scoring chances. Neither of the two goals he allowed were really all that preventable.
-The Penguins led in shots on net, 34-24.
-The Penguins had a 50-38 lead in attempted shots.
-James Neal led the game with five shots.
-Moulson led the Sabres with four.
-Fire Ray Shero.
-Tyler Myers led the game with 24:07 of ice time.
-Letang led the Sabres with 22:05.
-The Penguins controlled faceoffs, 31-14 (69 percent).
-Malkin was 11 for 13 (85 percent).
-Zenon Konopka was 6 for 13 (46 percent).
-Matt Niskanen led the game with two blocked shots.
-Fleury recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the 27th of his career.
-Kunitz tied Niskanen for the team lead in game-winning goal with five.
-The Penguins' last shutout against the Sabres was by Fleury in a 1-0 road win, Nov. 24, 2010.