Overreactions with 66 to go: That Crosby guy is an okay hockey player

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The best hockey player in the world was at First Niagara Center tonight, and spoiler alert: he doesn’t play for Buffalo.

Sometimes, it’s just a joy to watch a generational talent just light it up, and Penguins forward Sidney Crosby did just that. Crosby tallied an assist on each of Pittsburgh’s first five goals, as the visiting Pens cruised, leaving the hometown Sabres with a 6-1 defeat.

Zemgus Girgensons scored late in the second period to make it 5-1, but it was answered by a goal by Evgeni Malkin. Pittsburgh also got two goals each from Kris Letang and Predators legend Patric Hornqvist. But it was the Crosby show.

The game looked a lot like this:

Buffalo’s Jhonas Enroth was thrown to the wolves, giving up six goals on 39 shots. The Sabres struggled to generate offense, getting outshot 11-4 in the opening period and 26-12 through two periods.

  • Enroth didn’t even speak after the game, but it’s not like there’s much for him to say. He’s 1-7-1 on the season and on average is facing almost 37 shots a game.
  • The locker room after games is turning into a contest of “How many guys are left in the room when they open the door?” Guys don’t want to talk, and it’s usually the same things being said. Tonight, it was Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta, Drew Stafford and Zemgus Girgensons who really spoke. Cody Hodgson and Torrey Mitchell milled around. But everyone else just got the hell out of there. What can they say?
  • Gionta had a team best 17 Corsi For and a team best 4 Corsi Against. Good game for him. He assisted on the Girgensons goal.
  • Josh Gorges was on the ice for all seven goals. Tyler Myers was on for 6-of-7, with a bad line change keeping Rasmus Ristolainen from getting to the bench on the first goal of the game. That pairing is a dumpster fire.
  • On the other hand, we finally got Ristolainen paired with Nikita Zadorov, and they were really good. Who knew that the two blue chip prospects who’ve had to play with garbage veterans all season would play well together? I mean, other than everyone who follows the team except the coaching staff.
  • Want to get Ted Nolan talking? Ask him about Zemgus Girgensons. It’s like a father beaming about his talented son.
  • First sellout of the year at First Niagara Center. Not shocked. Pens fans travel pretty well, and a Saturday night game with plenty of tickets available is going to be a draw. Building was half in black and gold, with a large number of Canadians mixed in.
  • Crosby has 36 points in a 19-game scoring streak against the Sabres. It took him 1:21 to extend the streak, assisting on the opening goal. Guy just gets it done against Buffalo. It’s incredible.
  • Sabres gave up 39 shots on 54 shot attempts. Pretty solid improvement from the night before, right? Right?

3MI Three Star Selections
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
2. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh
3. Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh

Official Three Stars of the Game
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh (5 assists)
2. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh (2 goals (3), 2 assists)
3. Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh (2 PP goals (9), assist)

Quote of the night:

“My job is to be solid defensively, give the team a chance, be a leader, and to be scored on that many times is embarrassing. I’m embarrassed for myself.” — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

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Posted on November 9, 2014, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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