Penguins still have faith in goaltender Johnson
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The progress Penguins goalie Brent Johnson made in his two previous starts did not translate to his performance Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres. Johnson, in the midst of the worst statistical season of his career, was yanked from the contest early in the second period after allowing three goals on 12 shots.
Still, coach Dan Bylsma supported Johnson following the game.
"I'm confident this guy can win hockey games," Bylsma said. "He hasn't played particularly well and hasn't had a season like last year. He is going to be playing again. He's going to have to win us some games, and play better."
The Penguins did not hold Johnson responsible for the setback. Rather, many of the Penguins said their play made Johnson's ability to keep his team in the contest nearly impossible. Johnson played well in his two previous outings, a 1-0 loss in Toronto and a 4-2 victory last Sunday against Tampa Bay.
> > The game between the Penguins and Sabres was almost delayed because of glass on the ice during pregame warm-ups. Although the Penguins weren't terribly concerned about the situation, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff didn't believe the game would start on time.
"I was concerned about safety because a great number of our players lost their edge while skating over the glass," Ruff said.
Two Buffalo players had to get their skates sharpened before the game because of the glass.
> > Penguins left wing Matt Cooke was struck in the left arm by left wing Chris Kunitz's shot late in the first period but was able to stay in the game. Defenseman Deryk Engelland was also injured against the Sabres, though it isn't believed to be serious.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins alumni rally to help Mitch Wilson, who is fighting ALS
- Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract
- Penguins coach says team needs to ‘lessen the load’ on Crosby
- Pens’ Johnston hopes to `lessen the load’ for Crosby
- Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability
- Penguins’ Scuderi offers honest assessment of his 2013-14 performance