NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Buffalo
(Saturday, December 19th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Buffalo 1 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Kris Letang had the lone goal in the shootout and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all three Buffalo shooters, as the Penguins topped the Sabres, 2-1, to take their fifth straight win.
Fleury stopped Jason Pominville to begin the shootout, and Letang followed by lifting a backhand shot from the left side over Patrick Lalime. Fleury then poke-checked the puck away from Derek Roy, and Drew Stafford's miss in the third round sealed the Pittsburgh victory.
Fleury made 31 saves for the Penguins, who were coming off a shootout win over Philadelphia on Thursday. They are 6-0 in shootouts this season.
"I think our side did awesome," Fleury said. "Guys played really hard to the end and in overtime. They blocked a lot of shots and they took the rebounds away from me, so that was big."
Lalime turned aside 23 shots for the Sabres, who had beaten Toronto on Friday.
"I thought it was kind of a playoff game," Lalime said. "Hard fought battle out there. You had to battle for every opportunity out there, every chance, and it was a close game."
Pominville's wrister with 4:55 left in the opening period got Buffalo on the board, but Pittsburgh evened the contest late in the first. Chris Kunitz's wrister from the left circle beat Fleury with 39 seconds left to make it a 1-1 game.
Each goaltender was perfect from that point on, as Lalime made 18 saves over the final two periods, and Fleury stopped 22 shots. Each team had power-play chances, but couldn't convert, including when Buffalo went on the man advantage with 2:06 left in regulation.
But the Penguins killed that power play, as well as a 4-on-3 chance the Sabres had in overtime after a high-sticking call on Pittsburgh's Alex Goligoski.
Sabres forward Thomas Vanek did not play because of an upper-body injury...Buffalo was 0-for-8 with the man advantage, while Pittsburgh went 0-for-5...Pittsburgh has won nine of the last 12 meetings.
12/20 01:24:00 ET