Buffalo 4 – Pittsburgh 1
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Consol Energy Center
PITTSBURGH – Not only did the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, they dismantled them in their own building. That’s something that no other team has been able to do for more than a month.
Kevin Porter scored his first two goals of the season as the Sabres brought an end to Pittsburgh’s 15-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory at Consol Energy Center. The loss was Pittsburgh’s first since February 28; and their first at home since February 20. Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored for Buffalo, while Jason Pominville added two assists and was a game-high plus-three.
The victory snapped a four-game winless streak (0-2-2) for the Sabres, who are now 14-17-6 (34 points) with 11 games left to play. Buffalo moves to 12th in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the New York Islanders for eighth place.
Ryan Miller had to make just 19 saves in the win, upping his season record to 12-15-5. Tonight’s game was also Miller’s 492nd career NHL appearance, breaking the Sabres’ franchise record for most games played by a goaltender, originally set by Dominik Hasek.
Tomas Vokoun started and took the loss for Pittsburgh, but was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots in just over 23 minutes of action. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 16 Sabres’ shots he faced in 36:14 of mop-up duty.
BUF 1-0: Kevin Porter jumps into the slot to bury the shorthanded goal thanks to a Matt Niskanen giveaway in the Penguins’ zone (10:24) … 1-1: Jarome Iginla tucks home a pass from Chris Kunitz for his first goal as a Penguin. (13:27, PP) … BUF 2-1: Steve Ott unloads a rocket from the left wing for his sixth goal of the season. (18:10). Shots on Goal: Pittsburgh 11 – Buffalo 8
BUF 3-1: Cody Hodgson sweeps around the right post on the wraparound after following up his own rebound. (2:21) … BUF 4-1: Porter scores his second of the night on a wrist shot from the left boards that changed direction off a Penguins’ skate in front (3:28). Shots on Goal: Buffalo 12 – Pittsburgh 3
No Scoring. Shots on Goal: Buffalo 9 – Pittsburgh 6
Thomas Vanek missed his fourth straight game with an upper body injury… Ville Leino was out of the lineup for the second game in a row, also with an upper body injury… John Scott was a healthy scratch.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
Kevin Porter’s first-period goal ended Pittsburgh’s franchise-record shutout streak at 218:48. Entering tonight’s game, the last player to score on the penguins’ was Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux on March 24… Porter’s goal was his first since March 12, 2012, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche… The Sabres outshot Pittsburgh 21-9 over the final two periods… Buffalo is now 8-0-1 this season when scoring four or more goals in a game… 172nd game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo trails the series with a 63-68-41 record. The Sabres are now 23-44-19 all-time on the road against the Penguins all-time.
BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 24:53
Shots: Drew Stafford, 5
Blocked Shots: Pardy/Myers, 3
Hits: Weber/Pardy/Kaleta, 2
Faceoff Wins: Hecht/Ott, 10
Total Faceoffs: Jochen Hecht, 17 (10-7)
BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
Scoring First: 10-4-4
Leading after the first period: 5-2-2
Leading after the second period: 6-0-4
Outshooting an opponent: 4-5-3
Overall: 17/135, 12.6%
Road: 8/72, 11.1%
Overall: 110/143, 76.9%
Road: 73/93, 78.5%
* Friday vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
* Sunday vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m.