If you had to name one player who has shown up the last two games, it would be Tanner Glass. Glass was the only Penguin to make the trip to Dallas, and he tried to wake up the team with his 12 hits.
In this one, he picked up right where he left off. He had six hits, an assist, and an empty-net goal in 14 minutes of ice time. In the grand scheme of things, this game will never be thought of ever again. But Glass' solid play is a good sign. Third- and fourth-liners pay the toll on the road in the playoffs. They can set the tone. These last few games have shown Glass can contribute on an NHL level.
Other than that, the best part of this game was trying to figure out where the Sabres will trade off all their assets.
We like to make fun of Ryan Miller, but he was sneaky good in this game. And his .926 save percentage on the season shows he is getting little to no help.
He is probably going to get dealt from Buffalo. Then again, if he brings Gold home for Team USA, it’s hard to imagine him bringing the medal back to the arena to show it off, and then the GM says, “Sweet. Hey, you’ve been traded to the Islanders.”
But keep an eye out for Steve Ott. He may be a guy that can be had for the right price. He'd add a much-needed troll factor to the Pens’ lineup. Sabres writer Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News was on Penguins intermission report on the radio and told Bob Grove that Ott really likes Buffalo and has settled in with his family. Even so, he said that Ott could still be traded.
Moving on, the Pens head to the West Coast to play the Kings Thursday night and then the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Brutal first period. The Penguins outshot the Sabres 15-5.
One word to describe the first 10 minutes: agonizing.
Player that stood out
Jayson Megna has some really good wheels. He played a really good first period but took a dumb penalty later on in the game and got doghoused for it. Still, though, Megna is impressive. His game is still raw, but there’s lots of potential. If and when the Bylsma-Gibbons love affair fizzles out, Megna deserves a shot with Crosby.
The Pens got a power play about midway through the first, and Ryan Miller was facing the firing squad. James Neal had a bunch of chances, but Ryan Miller was on it. It was the only man advantage the Pens had all game.
The Sabres got a power play after a Tanner Glass high stick. Pens killed it with ease.
This GIF sums up the first period:
Only other thing of note was Mike Weber of the Sabres getting hit in the face with a stick and bleeding out all over the ice.
About five minutes in, the Penguins got to Miller. Gibbons missed a gimme from Crosby:
Lady with the camera in the background is probably Gibbons’ mom.
Despite Gibbons missing the layup, Kunitz was there, as he always is, to pound it home.
Pens were cruising, then Megna took a penalty.
Pens killed it off.
The Sabres’ Jamie McBain may be the worst player in the NHL right now.
After the kill, the Pens got a surprise: a goal from the bottom six. We know everything that happened on the play because they showed the replay maybe 42 times. Basically, the Sabres fucked up, and the Penguins took the puck. Glass tried to feed Adams cutting to the net. The puck missed everything, but Engelland was able to grab it and snap it home.
Period in one GIF:
New Sabres GM Tim Murray, who is Bryan Murray's nephew.
Did everyone know that? We didn't.
Everything seemed like it was under control, but Marc-Andre Fleury had to come up pretty big in the first 10 minutes of the third period.
The Sabres woke up and started playing well.
Fleury made three huge saves that won this game.
The first was off a sick pass to Brian Flynn. Flynn just missed off the rebound.
Right after that, with Paul Martin out of position, Brook Orpik went for a bizarre open-ice hit:
We’ve given Matt Moulson the red arrow because he’s about to have a showdown with Fleury.
Huge save. Stupid play by Gibbons, too. Should eat that along the boards with neither of your D-men in the zone.
Marcus Foligno had his chance right after that. Fleury used his head to make the save. No, really:
The Pens were able to settle down on defense after this a little bit, and they got some chances on Miller, but he was sharp too.
Kunitz took a slashing penalty, and the door was open again for the Sabres. But they have the 30th-ranked power play for a reason, and the Pens have the number-one PK for a reason, too. The Pens killed it, and the game slowly started to get away from the Sabres. The Pens started to close the door, and the Sabres realized Ted Nolan was their coach.
Miller got pulled for an extra attacker with under 2 minutes to play. Craig Adams had an open net; of course he missed. Tanner Glass was there to clean it up, though. 3-0.
– Another solid outing for Letang.
– Great seeing Crosby on the ice killing penalties.
– Malkin had a night to forget; he couldn't get shit going.
– Ryan Miller may have been showing off for Bylsma.