It was easy to see that the Buffalo Sabres are an inferior team against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.
Pittsburgh dominated Buffalo the entire game, save maybe the first half of the second period when the Sabres sustained a bit of offensive pressure. Pittsburgh was able to hold the Sabres off and score a goal of their own, capitalizing off of a Buffalo turnover. The Sabres would never recover, and were eventually shutout 3-0.
The loss for the Sabres put things back into perspective. Just two nights after an improbable win in Columbus, the Sabres learned just how far from relevance they are in the NHL. Buffalo was unable to compete with one of the best teams in hockey, and the way Pittsburgh dominated the Sabres is proof that Buffalo has a long way to go in their rebuilding process.
Buffalo's performance also didn't help the recent rumors swirling around the organization regarding future unrestricted free agents. There has been plenty of rumors lately that Ryan Miller, Steve Ott and Matt Moulson are on their way out of Buffalo, and being dominated by Pittsburgh the way they were tonight, it would be hard to convince them to want to stay in Buffalo.
The train wreck of this season will continue tomorrow when they host the Washington Capitals, another team playing very good hockey. Surprisingly, the Sabres are 2-0 against Washington and will be looking for the season sweep. If the Sabres are able to pull off the sweep, it will be a glimmer of hope in an otherwise lost season for Buffalo.
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