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GAME OF THE YEAR: MATCH-UP #2

Blow-outs over Pittsburgh & Washington square off in the second match-up of the 'Game of the Year'

Thursday, 05.31.2012 / 4:30 PM / News
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GAME OF THE YEAR: MATCH-UP #2
Blow-outs over Pittsburgh & Washington square off in the second match-up of the \'Game of the Year\'

FEBRUARY 19, 2012: BUFFALO 6 – PITTSBURGH 2

“Playing in their first afternoon game of the season, the Buffalo Sabres clearly weren’t bothered by the early wake-up call. Derek Roy posted his first two-goal game in more than three months, and Christian Ehrhoff added three assists, as the Sabres handed the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-2 loss in front of a giddy sold-out matinee crowd at First Niagara Center. Jason Pominville also had three points (1+2) in the game, giving him six goals and four assist in his last eight games. Paul Gaustad scored the game winner, and now has seven points (3+4) in his last 10 games. He also won a game-high 16 of 23 faceoffs. The win snapped an 0-3-1 skid for the Sabres, and improved their record to 25-27-7. Now at 57 points, the Sabres moved up to 14th spot in the Eastern Conference and are now just seven points behind Toronto for eighth in the East.”

MARCH 27, 2012: BUFFALO 5 – WASHINGTON 1

“Bodies were falling, and the tide was starting to turn against them. So who better to step up and take control of the situation for the Buffalo Sabres than their captain. Jason Pominville’s shorthanded goal at 17:32 of the second period took the air out of the Verizon Center, and proved to be the decisive blow in Buffalo’s 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Drew Stafford scored twice and Ryan Miller turned aside a season-high 44 shots in Buffalo’s fifth straight win, putting them all alone in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 86 points – two ahead of Washington. With Robyn Regehr in the box for hooking and momentum starting to shift towards the Capitals late in the second, Alexander Ovechkin played a bouncing puck a little too casually at the point. As it rolled behind him, Pominville gave chase and outworked Ovechkin all the way down the right boards before scooping up the puck and beating Michal Neuvirth with a low wrister to the far side.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82