games and are in fact liabilities.

games and are in fact liabilities.

Postautor: jokergreen0220 » 27 wrz 2016, o 10:08

BUFFALO, N. E.J. Biggers Patriots Jersey .Y. -- Sabres forward Derek Roy was still upset with himself after being robbed by Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleurys pad save in the second period. He didnt miss on his next opportunity. Roy redirected Jason Pominvilles centring pass through Fleurys legs for a short-handed goal as part of Buffalos three-goal third period in securing a 6-2 win over the Penguins on Sunday. It was a game in which the Sabres snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1) and Roy finished with two goals and an assist to enjoy his best outing in nearly four months. "Finishing the chances is obviously key," said Roy, who was staring at an open side only to have Fleury kick out his left pad in preventing the Sabres from building a 3-1 lead with 7:20 left in the second period. "He made a nice save. But at the same time, you want to finish that and get up three goals and close the game out," Roy said. "In the third period, I was really mad and I wanted to go out and score a goal." It was a breakout performance for Roy, whose five points (two goals, three assists) in three games matched what he had in his previous 20 (three goals, two assists). Pominville had a goal and two assists, while Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored in helping Buffalo (25-27-7) move out of a tie with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference. Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal scored for the Penguins, who came out flat in failing to build off a 6-4 win at Philadelphia a day earlier. Backup goalie Brent Johnsons season-long struggles continued. His record dropped to 3-7-2 after being yanked early into the second period after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Though Fleury provided the Penguins an immediate lift upon taking over, he eventually allowed three goals on 12 shots as Pittsburgh (33-21-5) squandered a chance to move ahead of the fourth-place Flyers in the East. "It was a letdown for our team," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We knew exactly what team we were playing and what they could do and how they were going to play. We didnt execute and play that way. And early on, we gave up good opportunities, which they capitalized." Fleury stopped the first seven shots he faced, including Patrick Kaletas penalty shot, in giving the Penguins a chance to mount a comeback in cutting Buffalos lead to 3-2 on Staals power-play goal 5:05 into the third. After squandering early leads in losing each of their past two games, the Sabres responded with Stafford and Roy scoring goals 2:22 apart. "Today we finished the deal," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think the answer was getting the fourth one right away. That was the answer. ... We just kept coming." Ryan Miller was sharp, too. He made 24 saves, including stopping Staal and Evgeni Malkin on breakaway attempts in the second period. Pominville opened the scoring 52 seconds in, and Roy made it 2-0 by the 4:16 mark. The Sabres got off to a fast start despite having their pregame warmup interrupted when a light bulb broke just before Buffalo took the ice. Shards of broken glass were scattered across the ice in the Buffalo end, leading to several Sabres players requiring to have their skates re-sharpened. The NHL allowed the Sabres additional time to warm up, which they did in the Penguins end. And the start of the game was delayed for a few minutes to allow the last few Sabres players time to have their skates sharpened. "After a weird warm up, we stuck with it. Didnt want to make any excuses out of it," Pominville said. "We were able to get the lead, get it early and be good with it." NOTES: Roy enjoyed his third three-point game of the season, and first since he had back-to-back three-pointers Nov. 8 and 11. ... Johnson was appearing in only his fifth game in two months, as the Penguins attempted to provide Fleury a break after he stopped 27 shots in a 6-4 win at Philadelphia on Saturday. Fleury has now appeared in all but nine of the Penguins 59 games this season. ... Prior to the game, the Penguins announced they had signed LW James Neal to a $30 million, six-year contract extension. ... Kaleta was awarded the penalty shot after Pittsburghs Chris Kunitz threw his stick at the puck. The Sabres are 0-for-2 on penalty shots this season, and 19 of 53 overall. Nate Washington Patriots Jersey . Louis Rams had some fun during the coin toss of Sunday’s game at the expense of the Washington Redskins. Clay Harbor Patriots Jersey . Spoelstra spoke after the teams shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He says he expects everyone to be ready for the showdown between the two-time defending NBA champs and the team with the NBAs best record this season (18-3). . Both times hes left empty. It was War Emblem in 2002. On Saturday, it was California Chromes turn to lose the Belmont after capturing the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.Over the past couple of decades, weve heard repeatedly that the days of the hockey goon were numbered. First it was the dreaded instigator penalty that was going to make them extinct. Then it was the new rules coming out of the lockout, the end of clutching and grabbing and the premium on skill and players who could skate. And yet for all the talk that there was no room left in the game for one dimensional players whose only asset was their ability to fight, there were still lots of one dimensional players in the game whose only asset was their ability to fight. Please step forward John Scott and George Parros, to name just two obvious examples. Now it seems that weve reached another turning point in the debate about the role of enforcers. And this one is framed differently. Its not an ethical question about whether fighting belongs in the game. Its not related to concussions and the obvious safety issues that come with players beating each other in the head with their fists. Its not a debate about whether - in todays NHL - you need enforcers the way you once did. Its now a question of whether teams can afford to carry players who have limited ability to possess the puck, cant keep up with the game and have no offensive or defensive upside that would give them any sort of advantage. In other words, do whatever benefits exist from having fighters on the roster overcome the liability of dressing players who would not be playing in the NHL if they couldnt fight? And heres where the analytics side of the game makes things interesting. Advocates of the role of fighting in hockey have always relied on an argument built on strrategic intangibles, the notion that skilled players feel protected when enforcers are in the lineup, that somehow everyone plays an inch taller just knowing that kind of guy is sitting on the end of the bench, even if he only plays a few minutes a night. Alan Branch Patriots Jersey. Whether or not any of that was actually true became a matter of hockey ideology, depending on which camp you fell into. But there was no reliable way to actually measure or test that theory. Presumably, through the introduction of analytics into the game, now there is. And the fact that teams such as the Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers (huh?) will be begin the season without enforcers, suggests that what teams are learning is that enforcers dont help teams win games and are in fact liabilities. That when the other team can roll four lines of players with hockey skills and your team cant, thats probably not a good thing. And that in todays NHL where teams tend to be clustered so closely in the standings in the battle for playoff spots, teams simply cant afford to give away games just to a€“ quote a€“ send a message. Of course, like many things where analytics are concerned, we shouldnt have needed data to tell us this. The fact that NHL teams put enforcers in the press box at playoff time and that the teams which wind up competing for the Stanley Cup each year are those that can roll four lines were dead giveaways. But if it took hockey embracing analytics to arrive at what should have been obvious all along, then so be it. It turns out hockey enforcers - who are always game for a fight against the oppositions enforcer - may be no match for the nerds. 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