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The Anaheim Ducks and the Buffalo Sabres had both been sailing along with stretches of good results before being jolted by a couple of recent setbacks.The Ducks had been rolling with 11 wins in 13 games before losing two away games in a row to the New York Rangers Tuesday and the Boston Bruins Thursday Authentic Jordan Eberle Jersey , both by 3-1 scores.The Sabres, who gained momentums with a 10-game winning streak Nov. 8-27, were on 3-0-1 run before losing 5-2 to the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at home and then dropping a 2-1 decision on the road to the Washington Capitals Friday night.Article continues below ...The Ducks and the Sabres will be trying to shake off these recent glitches when they meet Saturday at the KeyBank Center. Buffalo won the first meeting between the teams, 4-2 at Anaheim Oct. 21.The Ducks were listless Thursday in Boston. It just seemed we didnt have the intensity weve shown over the stretch of games weve won, Ducks left winger Andrew Cogliano said.Theres no excuse, really. Were a couple of games away from the Christmas break and you have to find it. These are tough times and youve got to push through the whatever-you-want-to call-it and get the wins and then give yourself a break after that. Theres no excuse. I think weve let a couple of games go and its unfortunate because weve got something really good going.In New York, the Ducks also were lifeless. They led 1-0 before allowing three goals including one when they were on the power play in the third period in which they were outshot 14-1.We didnt have much jump, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. Thats what happens. You play a lot of hockey. You travel a lot. You come from the West Coast. You travel 51/2 hours. People dont know how tough travel can be. You practice every day. Those are the things that add up over time. Everybodys in the holiday season. There are Christmas gifts to purchase. There are other things that are on peoples minds. We just didnt have the gasoline that was necessary in the tank.The Sabres were in Washington only last Saturday and lost that time, 4-3, in a shootout before defeating the Bruins 4-2 on Sunday.The difference Friday was Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby as the Sabres had a 37-24 advantage in shots on goal. Tom Wilson notched what turned out to be the winning goal at 13:00 of the third period, taking advantage of a mistake by Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton.Hutton, a Sabres mainstay all season Womens Josh Bailey Jersey , lost the puck behind the goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Capitals center passed it in front to Wilson, who put it into the gaping goal.The guy (Kuznetsov) got a hack in on me, I kind of fumbled it and they capitalized, Hutton said.He just lost the handle and they pounced on it, Sabres coach Phil Housley said. For all the good things hes done, they outweigh that play.The Sabres had injured defensemen Lawrence Pilut (lower body) and Jake McCabe (upper body) back in the lineup Friday. Right winger Jason Pominville was out with an undisclosed injury.The Sabres, meanwhile, have parted with Patrik Berglund, who had left the team. The center has cleared unconditional waivers. He had had two goals and two assists in 23 games with the Sabres, who acquired him in an offseason trade from the St. Louis Blues.The situation does not seem to have been a distraction. I think that weve tried to limit our focus to playing, and the guys that are here, Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. You let the right people take care of that situation. You kind of just focus on what you can control and the people that are here.(Berglund) was an ultimate pro Mathew Barzal Jersey , does everything right, every day works hard so obviously its been a bit shocking, said Hutton, who was Berglunds teammate for two years with St. Louis. Theres a lot of stuff where we dont even know about, Im sure, so you hope for the best in all cases. PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Sullivan would love to point to a coaching tactic or some semblance of strategy that explains why the Pittsburgh Penguins are so good in overtime.Only Sullivan cant. Hes been coaching long enough to know that when there are six just men on the ice and his team happens to have one of the most gifted offensive groups in the NHL, its best to just get out of the way.For the most part, its really just about great players making great plays and when our guys have the puck, theyre dynamic, Sullivan said.The latest proof came midway through the extra period on Monday, when Phil Kessel drew Calgarys Jon Gillies away from the net and slipped a cross-ice pass to Justin Schultz , who buried it to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory. Schultzs fourth goal of the season helped the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions improve to 10-1 at home in overtime this season.Weve got the players that are so good out there with that much ice http://www.islandersfanproshop.com/a...k-leddy-jersey , so we enjoy it, Schultz said. We dont like to go to (overtime) that much, but its nice to know that we can get wins.Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal for the Penguins and added an assist. Kris Letang and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh. Jarry finished with 35 saves as the Penguins pulled within one point of Washington for first in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Tristan Jarry finished with 35 saves, including a breakaway stop on Calgary star Johnny Gaudreau early in overtime.They got some physical guys, they have a couple bigger guys, Jarry said. We knew it would be a tough game. I was trying to hold my ground as much as I could.Mark Giordano, Mikael Backlund and Troy Brouwer scored for the Flames, who outplayed the Penguins for long stretches before dropping their fourth straight. Gillies stopped 28 shots but had no chance when Kessel slid a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Schultz.We go into overtime and it can be anybodys game, Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. We had a 2-on-0 there that couldve ended it, but when youve got that many dangerous guys on the ice with that much room, somebodys going to end it. It just happened to be them on that next chance.The Penguins had dropped five straight to the Flames, including a 2-1 overtime loss in Calgary in November back when they played very much like a team dealing with a Stanley Cup hangover. Four months later Womens Wayne Simmonds Jersey , Pittsburgh is again looking like a threat to make a deep playoff run and wasted little time sprinting to a 2-0 lead.Ruhwedel collected his first goal since Dec. 18 on a knuckler from the point 2:10 into the game, and Malkin doubled Pittsburghs advantage 55 seconds later when teammate Bryan Rust forced a turnover by Gillies behind the Calgary net. Malkin collected the puck and flipped it across the goal line before Gillies could scramble back into position.The Flames, in the middle of their own fight to stay in the Western Conference playoff mix, tied it before the end of the first. Giordano finished off extended pressure with his 11th of the season and Backlund beautifully deked by Letang before beating Jarry with a backhand for his 13th.Letang put the Penguins back in front with a wrist shot off the rush from the right circle that ripped over Gillies right shoulder with 2:59 left in the second. Calgary responded again, with T.J. Brodie threading a pass between Ruhwedels legs to Brouwers awaiting stick. Brouwer had no trouble sending it by Jarry to tie it with 2 seconds left in the period.NOTES: Penguins G Matt Murray skated on Monday morning but remains out indefinitely while dealing with a concussion sustained last week. Several Penguins used rainbow-colored Pride tape on their sticks during warmups. The sticks will be auctioned by the teams foundations, with the proceeds going to the You Can Play organization, which promotes inclusion in all sports for LGBTQ athletes. Calgary scratched Fs Tanner Glass, Chris Stewart and Nick Short as well as D Matt Bartkowski. The Penguins scratched D Matt Hunwick, Fs Carter Rowney and Zach Aston-Reese and Murray. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play. Pittsburgh is 13-1 in its last 14 games at PPG Paints Arena.UP NEXTFlames: Continue their three-game trip in Buffalo on Wednesday.Penguins: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday. Pittsburgh leads the season series 2-0 over its Metropolitan Division rival.
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