Biron, who has three shutouts on the season, beat Phoenix 1-0
Caron, playing in only his sixth career game, got his second
shutout. He blanked Carolina on Jan. 15. Caron played particularly
well in second period, stopping 11 shots.
"Nobody usually wants to talk about shutouts,'' Biron said.
"It's like a forbidden word in hockey.''
Their recent play had the goalies talking after the game.
"I was in good position all night,'' Caron said. "The puck
seemed to hit me. I'm confident and I'm not trying to do too much.
I'm focused on the puck.''
Biron said things are starting to slow down for him.
"It feels like you can read it good,'' he said. "You can
follow the play. You just feed off the guys. It's some kind of a
circle that keeps on going.''
Buffalo -- entering the third period tied 0-0 for the fourth
straight game -- is 2-0-2 over that stretch and 4-0-2 in its last
six. The Sabres also have at least one point in their last six
Coach Lindy Ruff believes the Sabres, who got another shutout
last week when Ryan Miller blanked Minnesota, owe their hot streak
to great goaltending.
"It's not that we've given up a lot of opportunities, but we've
gotten some big saves,'' Ruff said. "They're making us look like a
real good defensive club right now. When we make mistakes, they've
done a nice job.''
Pittsburgh, playing without leading scorer Mario Lemieux, out
with a groin injury for the sixth time in the last seven games,
finished its road trip 3-1-1.
"These trips really make a season,'' Lemieux said. "We're
playing well defensively.''
Both teams had many good scoring opportunities.
Caron made several key stops in the third period, including
point-blank saves on Miroslav Satan and Taylor Pyatt with a little
less than 10 minutes left.
Biron made the save of the game when he stopped Pittsburgh's
Shean Donovan with a wide open net while on the ice early in the
second period. Later in the period, Caron made a right pad save in
close on Buffalo's Jaroslav Kristek.
Caron stopped Buffalo's Adam Mair on a point-blank one-timer
halfway through the first period. Pittsburgh's Dick Tarnstrom rang
a shot off the post on the ensuing trip down the ice.
''(Caron's) made some unbelievable saves and had a great road
trip,'' Pittsburgh forward Steve McKenna said. "You have to look
at the guy a little differently now.''
Pittsburgh's power play -- 0-for-3 Tuesday -- is one for its last
Lemieux skated briefly Monday afternoon before declaring
himself unfit. He said following the game he would re-evaluate
things in the next couple days and hopes to return by early next
week. ... Sabres forwards Maxim Afinogenov, out for the entire
season with a concussion, and Jochen Hecht, out since Dec. 7 with
head problems, have been cleared for contact and could play Friday.
... Buffalo is 0-3-1 against Pittsburgh this season.