NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Buffalo |
(Friday, March 26th)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, Pittsburgh 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Drury scored a goal and assisted on
another, while Jochen Hecht added three helpers to lift the Buffalo Sabres to
a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh in the first game of a home-and-home series at HSBC
Daniel Briere, Jay McKee, Maxim Afinogenov and Andrew Peters also scored for
the Sabres, who snapped a nine-game winless streak against the Penguins
(1-7-2). The Sabres moved within six points of the idle New York Islanders for
the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Martin Biron made 24 saves on 25 shots to earn the win, as Buffalo has now
earned at least a point in nine of its last 11 games (6-2-0-3).
"The game went end-to-end, which made it an exciting one," Buffalo head coach
Lindy Ruff said. "Hopefully, we can come out tomorrow and play just as hard
and pick up two more points."
Milan Kraft scored for the Penguins, who had their three-game winning streak
halted. Sebastien Caron faced 30 shots, but made just 26 saves in defeat.
Pittsburgh tied it at 1-1 at the 6:54 mark of the second period on the power
play with Kraft's 18th goal of the season. Aleksey Morozov fired a shot on
net, but Biron made the initial save with his blocker. The puck bounced into
the slot, allowing Kraft to skate in and flip the puck over the goaltender's
shoulder for the tally.
It marked the 12th straight game that the Penguins scored on the power play.
However, the Sabres scored the game's final four goals to pick up the two
McKee put Buffalo up by a goal with 4:39 remaining in the period as he
converted on a rebound attempt. Milan Bartovic and Adam Mair skated into the
Penguins zone on a 2-on-1 breakaway, as Bartovic fired a wrist shot at Caron.
Caron kicked the shot away with his left leg pad, but could not stop McKee's
rebound follow that beat the goaltender glove side.
Drury made it 3-1 a minute later as he beat Caron with a wrister from the left
The Sabres went up 4-1 on Afinogenov's backhander from the crease at the 12:58
mark of the third, and Peters closed out the goal scoring on an empty netter
with 3 1/2 minutes to go.
Buffalo improved to 7-2-1-2 in it last 12 home games.
Briere scored the game's first goal with 3:15 remaining in the opening period,
as his pass to Drury deflected off Pittsburgh defenseman's Josef Melichar and
slipped under Caron's stick. It was Briere's 26th of the campaign.
The Penguins fell to 4-35-4 when trailing after the first period this
season...Pittsburgh lost for just the second time in its last 11 games
(8-2-1)...The Sabres improved to 20-12-4-3 at home this season...Buffalo won
at home for just the third time in its last seven tries...The Sabres were 1-
for-6 on the power play, while the Penguins were 1-for-5.
03/26 22:55:34 ET