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An early November home game against an out-of-conference team that hasn’t made the playoffs the past six years has taken on added importance for the Pittsburgh Penguins.Pittsburgh (6-5-3) not only has lost five straight games going into a date with the Arizona Coyotes (7-6-1) on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena Sidney Crosby Jersey , but the Penguins also have the pressure of responding to strong comments made by their general manager.Jim Rutherford, on his radio show, criticized the team’s play, wondered if things had gotten stale and indicated changes might be coming soon.Article continues below ...“He’s trying to do his job,” Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin said of Rutherford. “Our job is to be here in the locker room, support each other. Step on the ice and try to play a great game. Of course he’s not happy. Five games we lost. He sent a message. We understand he’s not happy. We all understand.”The Penguins have won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three years and are a close-knit group, so the idea of changes, such as trades, that would greatly alter the makeup of the team gets their attention.“I think we’re all motivated. I think we all understand that the expectations are high,” team captain Sidney Crosby said. “When things aren’t going right, there’s always going to be questions. As a general manager, he’s got to evaluate and identify things. He’s got to do his job, and we respect that and understand it as players.“But we’ve got to go out there and play and do the best we can and make it a lot easier on him. It’s a lot easier when you’re winning games. That’s up to us.”Pittsburgh is 4-0-1 in its past five games against Arizona.The Coyotes are coming off two losses in a row against the Philadelphia Flyers after a four-game winning streak. On Thursday in Philadelphia, the Coyotes blew a two-goal lead and fell 6-5 in overtime.Brad Richardson was pretty harsh in his assessment of that loss.“To me Dougie Hamilton Jersey Womens , it was pretty simple — we got brain dead in the third,” he said. “We turned pucks over. Just get pucks in deep and we would have won the game.”Coach Rick Tocchet called it “a learning lesson.”Tocchet, a former Penguins assistant coach, is in his second season with Arizona, which lost 11 in a row a year ago to start the season. That might put a two-game losing streak in perspective.The Coyotes have thrived on strong defensive play. As of Friday, they ranked second in the NHL with 2.43 goals against per game.“We implemented the defensive system I wanted — a more aggressive style than they were used to,” Tocchet told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.While penalty killing is rooted in defense, Arizona has also been opportunistic with a league-best nine short-handed goals.“That’s a lot of short-handed goals,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It was something we talked about with our power play (Friday) is making sure that we have a heightened awareness when they’re on the ice.”Pittsburgh has allowed three short-handed goals, as many as they gave up all last season. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres‘ West Coast trip was in danger of slipping off the rails before they got right back on track with a Southern California sweep.Rasmus Ristolainen scored a tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, and the Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.The Ducks had a 2-0 lead late in the second period when the Sabres suddenly got rewarded for their persistence in the final stop of their five-game trip.Kyle Okposo and Jeff Skinner scored 88 seconds apart in the second before Ristolainen ripped a rising slap shot through traffic and past former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller for his first goal of the season.Patrik Berglund added an empty-net goal as the Sabres followed up a blowout win over Los Angeles on Saturday with a comeback in Orange County. After back-to-back discouraging losses in Vegas and San Jose, the Sabres gathered themselves and earned their long-struggling club’s first back-to-back wins in SoCal since 2003.“Two complete games that we just played,” said Okposo http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-brent-burns-jersey , who got his first goal of the season on a power play. “I thought that was the first time all year that we got down in a game and we just never changed the way that we played. That second (Ducks) goal could have been a backbreaker for us, but we just stuck with it. We played the exact same way and we got rewarded.”Finishing a five-game trip with three victories also is a noteworthy development in the early stages of the Sabres’ attempt to end their seven-year playoff drought.“Especially on the road, you want to come back and have a good response when you go down,” said Skinner, who has five goals in the last five games after his hat trick against the Kings. “Down the stretch, we made some big plays. It’s a nice feeling when you win like that.”Okposo had a goal and an assist, and Carter Hutton made several big saves in the frantic final minute. Sam Reinhart had two assists and Hutton stopped 26 shots.Sam Steel scored his first NHL goal and Kiefer Sherwood scored his second NHL goal for the Ducks, who lost their second straight after a 5-1-1 start to the season. Anaheim is still missing injured forwards Corey Perry, Patrick Eaves, Ondrej Kase and Jakob Silfverberg.“You’re trying to get to know each other,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “We have so many guys in and out of the lineup right now. It’s hard to get that chemistry. It doesn’t excuse the lack of compete we had tonight.”Miller made 41 saves for Anaheim against the organization with which he spent his first 12 professional seasons and won the Vezina Trophy in 2010. Miller is the Sabres’ franchise leader with 284 victories and 540 games played in net, but he lost for only the second time in his five career starts against the Sabres.“We’ve been trying to clean it up as we’ve been going,” Miller said. “But we’re giving up probably too many power play and a few too many shots. It just needs to be better.”Before the game, a sellout crowd celebrated when the Ducks raised Hall of Fame forward Paul Kariya’s No. 9 to the rafters in the second number retirement in franchise history. Kariya Julien Gauthier Jersey Womens , the first draft pick in the then-Mighty Ducks’ history, played his first nine NHL seasons with Anaheim, scoring 300 goals.The Ducks are short on veterans, but their newcomers contributed.The 20-year-old Steel tipped Brandon Montour’s long shot late in the first period for his first goal in his ninth NHL game.Moments after the Ducks ended a prolonged stretch of Buffalo puck possession in the second, Sherwood scored on a break with a long shot. The 23-year-old Ohio native grew up idolizing Kariya for their shared Japanese ancestry, and the undrafted free agent has seized a chance to play on the right wing in Anaheim with Perry sidelined.The Sabres quickly erased the lead with a pair of strong plays by Okposo and Skinner, who used his speed to slip behind Anaheim’s defense.“If you continue to give teams opportunities to practice the power play, you are going to give them life,” said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, whose team has yielded 13 power plays in the last three games. “The telltale sign (of poor play) for me is I’ve had to mix lines up three games in a row because I wasn’t happy with what was happening out there.”NOTES: Montour had two assists. … Silfverberg missed his third straight game with a broken fingertip. Perry (knee), Eaves (shoulder) and Kase (concussion) haven’t played all season, while Nick Ritchie hasn’t played since ending his contract holdout Wednesday. … The teams meet again in Buffalo on Dec. 22.UP NEXTSabres: Host Montreal on Thursday.Ducks: At Chicago on Tuesday.
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