The Pittsburgh Penguins were coming off a three-game trip through California when they faced Buffalo at PPG Paints Arena Saturday night and surely were aware of the challenges a game like that can pose.
It is, after all, not the least bit unusual for a team to turn in a ragged, inconsistent effort in its first game back after a swing through the West.
But none of those issues were evident during the Penguins’ 4-0 victory against the Sabres, as they were solid from start to finish.
The victory was the Penguins’ fourth in a row and lifted their record to 7-6, putting them back on the positive side of .500 for the first time since they were 2-1.
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