Chances are the Penguins won't put in a rush order for a new banner to celebrate this accomplishment. It's not likely to take away any luster from the Stanley Cup the conference championships and division titles they've earned in the past 18 years either. Nonetheless the Penguins' 4-1 victoryx Saturday night against Buffalo at Consol Energy Center did have some historical significance: It marked the first time they have won their first two home games in a season since 1995. "No way" goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. "I didn't know that." Not many people did. Or would have guessed for that matter. "With all the [good] teams we've had here that's surprising" Fleury said. "Feels good though." It should because the Penguins have earned their two victories with pretty solid responsible efforts. "There's no doubt we can improve and execute a little bit better" center Sidney Crosby said. "But I think our work ethic and our commitment to playing defense has been there and that's allowed us to win some games." And nearly made it possible for Fleury and his teammates to carve out another niche in the franchise record book. For while they have not opened a season with consecutive shutouts since entering the NHL in 1967 that nearly changed Saturday. Fleury who recorded a 3-0 shutout against New Jersey in the opener last Thursday looked as if he would hold the Sabres goal-less as well until Thomas Vanek knocked a puck out of the air and past him at 15:06 of the third period. "It's a little bit [disappointing]" Fleury said. "I don't think I've had two straight shutouts either so it would have been nice to get those but you can't be selfish." The Sabres who have played three times in four days have put together a few striking numbers of their own in the first week of the season. None are positive. Buffalo has started a season with three regulation losses in a row for the first time has failed to convert any of 13 power plays and has manufactured a total of two -- count 'em two -- goals in 180 minutes. Pretty tough to win when you're averaging two-thirds of a goal per game. Almost as difficult as it is to lose when you're allowing an average of one-half per game.
Penguins top Sabres, 4-1, for second win in a row
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Oct 6