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.”