Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sabres Take Second In a Row Against Penguins

The Sabres put together another well played 60 minutes against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford becomes the heroes of the game with two goals from each. Gaustad scored each, including the game winner, from his knees. On the Penguins side, Crosby had two goals against Miller with Malkin getting an assist on each of those goals.

The Sabres put together another inspired effort that shows that they can actually play some decent hockey that they didn't show during their five game losing streak. After beating two solid teams in the Bruins and the Penguins, the Sabres have another tough test against the Canadiens tonight. I would expect to see Lalime in net for the Sabres. Montreal is coming off losing two of their last three, including losing 3-0 to the Capitals last night in Washington. Defenseman Ryan O'Byrne has not been having the best of weeks, shooting the game-tying goal into his own net and then getting deked out of his skates by Johan Franzen and then being a -2 against the Capitals.

The key for the Sabres is to be able to keep up this effort again against the Canadiens. A Hockey Night in Canada game should be able to get some inspiration for these guys. Both teams are traveling from playing last night due to the fact that the game is in Montreal and both should have the same energy level. As long as they continued to play the same type of inspired hockey, this team should be better off.

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