NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Pittsburgh |
(Tuesday, November 29th)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik netted the game-winning goal
early in the third period and Maxim Afinogenov tallied a goal and an assist
as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, at Mellon Arena.
Paul Gaustad scored his fourth goal of the season and Martin Biron made 30
saves for the Sabres, who won their fourth straight contest.
"We actually switched him (Kotalik) off the one unit to get him off the top
power play because they were taking that away," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.
"When they were taking that away, sometimes Jochen (Hecht) is in the slot for
a shot and we put him on the off side. It was just a read on his part trying
to find the hole. But the difference is, you would rather have Ales shooting."
Matt Murley scored his first goal of the season and John LeClair added a
power-play tally for the Penguins, who have lost three straight and four of
their last five. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for the Pens.
"It didn't go the way I would have liked it to go," Fleury said. "I don't
believe it's the best I can be. I'd like to have both goals back."
The Penguins got on the scoreboard 4:59 into the contest after Murley gathered
a loose puck at the side of the net and stuffed it past Biron for a 1-0 lead.
Biron had his stick knocked out of his hands, which allowed Murley to sweep it
in from on the doorstep.
Buffalo tied the game less than seven minutes later after Afinogenov batted a
rebound past Fleury's glove to make it a 1-1 game. Derek Roy blasted a slap
shot from the left point that Fleury stopped, but the rebound kicked high into
the air before Afinogenov got to it in the slot.
The Sabres took a 2-1 lead with 8:19 left in the second period after Gaustad
gained the offensive zone and beat Fleury under his right arm with a wrist
shot from the left circle.
Pittsburgh netted the equalizer 1:33 into the third period while on the power
play after LeClair worked a give-and-go with Mark Recchi before snapping a
shot past Biron.
Buffalo regained the lead just over four minutes later while on the man
advantage after Kotalik beat Fleury through the five-hole with a wrist shot
from the left circle to give the Sabres a 3-2 advantage.
Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL draft, was recalled from the minors
Monday and Jocelyn Thibault was placed on waivers...Pittsburgh has lost four
of five at home...The Sabres improved to 7-0-1 since Nov. 15...Buffalo's
Daniel Briere missed his third straight game Sunday with an abdominal
strain...Mario Lemieux returned from a stomach virus after he sat out
Pittsburgh's 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday...The Sabres defeated the
Penguins, 3-2, in overtime on October 10 and are 3-0-1 in the last four
meetings...Buffalo is now 1-5-2 in its last eight trips to the Steel City.
11/29 22:42:30 ET