By John Vogl
PITTSBURGH – This morning, Kevin Porter said he really needed to start scoring. Tonight, he found the net twice to give the Buffalo Sabres a significant victory.
Porter, who failed to score in his opening 19 games with the Sabres, had a pair of goals against Pittsburgh to key a 4-1 victory. The emphatic win snapped the Penguins’ 15-game winning streak.
“They obviously were playing really well, so to come into their building and take two points is huge,” Porter said in Consol Energy Center.
The center opened the scoring with a short-handed goal midway through the first period. His second goal, with 3:28 gone in the second, gave the Sabres their 4-1 lead. It was important because the Sabres have struggled to hold two-goal advantages.
“I was happy to get one, and the second one was a little extra,” Porter said. “I was trying not to think about it, but after that many games you finally want to get one. I thought I was playing well, but you definitely want to chip in offensively. It’s nice to help out the team a little bit.”
“I’m real happy for Kevin,” coach Ron Rolston said. “Ever since he’s been up, he’s played his heart out. He competes every night for us. He does a lot of things.
“For him to come out and have the offensive game he did, that was pretty special.”
The Sabres will celebrate tonight, but they don't know what will happen Wednesday. The NHL trade deadline comes at 3 p.m.
"I’m not going to worry about it,” goaltender Ryan Miller said after the win, “because you really don’t know. You really don’t have a say in anything. … It’s one of those things where the players are definitely just chess pieces, and the general manager is shuffling and moving them around.
“Some years are more pressing than others. This year, obviously, expectations are high and we haven’t lived up to them, but like I’ve said before there’s still time in this season. We can write our own story here. We’re just going to worry about hockey and see where it falls.”
Captain Jason Pominville acknowledged today he supplied General Manager Darcy Regier with a list of eight teams to which he would not accept a trade. Miller, who has the same clause in his contract, would not say whether he has.
"I’m not going comment on conversations I had with Darcy – real or imagined is what I’m going to go with, just so I can cover all the rumor-type stuff,” Miller said.
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