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Winning Without their Best, Penguins Report Card vs. Buffalo

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Pittsburgh Penguins Patric Hornqvist

Not every game is a masterpiece, and not every win is a superior effort. In the ebbs and flows of a season, a team will lose a few they should win and win a few they should lose. The Buffalo Sabres blitzed the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout the second period after Buffalo opened up the Penguins in the first period. But the Penguins put the lights on the scoreboard in their 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at Key Bank Arena.

The Penguins had the first 10 shots of the game but had just three shots in the second period—just two at even strength. The Penguins weren’t flat in the second period, but they were loose, with big gaps, disjointed play, and careless mistakes.

“I thought (Murray) was really good, especially in the second and third,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “He made some big saves for us down the stretch, but in the second period when I didn’t think we were at our best, I thought he was really good.”

The Penguins were outplayed badly in the middle period, but firebrand Patric Hornqvist scored the only goal of the period. And the Penguins relied on a couple of players to survive the Buffalo charge.

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