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After getting 9 out of 12 possible points in their last 6 games, and with Ryan Miller finding his groove again, you had to think maybe the Sabres were starting to get their swagger back. What better time to take on a powerhouse red-hot Stanley Cup contender on an 11-game winning streak to see where you’re at?
As it turned out, the Pittsburgh Penguins came into HSBC Arena last night and gave a lesson on what separates the big boys from the lesser teams like Buffalo. The Sabres came through with a pretty strong effort against a truly elite team. They showed some heart and, for the first two periods anyway, went at the Pens pretty hard.
But it still wasn’t good enough as Pittsburgh never trailed and scored a 5-2 win. While Sabres big guns Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek were whiffing on their scoring chances, Pens lesser-knowns like Arron Asham and Mike Rupp were cashing in on theirs.
For all of the positives that you can come up with about Buffalo’s recent streak, last night confirmed a disheartening truth about this group. The Sabres fall way short when matched up against quality teams. They’re now 2-12-1 against clubs that are seeded in the top 6 in either conference.