NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Buffalo 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ty Conklin stopped all 26 shots fired his way to record the third shutout of his career, as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, at Mellon Arena.
It was Conklin's first shutout since January 3, 2006 with Edmonton against Chicago.
Colby Armstrong collected a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won three straight and four of five overall. Sidney Crosby added two assists.
The victory proved costly for the Penguins, who lost forward Gary Roberts to a broken left leg in the second period. The injury occurred after Roberts got tangled up with Buffalo's Tim Connolly in the left circle and both landed awkwardly. The Penguins are uncertain how long Roberts will be out.
"The young players are going to have to step up," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien, commenting on the loss of Roberts. "There's no doubt, Gary (Roberts) was doing a great job as a true leader for a lot of guys. The young players on the team will have to compensate for the leadership that we won't have from Gary Roberts and we don't know for how long."
Ryan Miller allowed one goal on 24 shots for Buffalo, which has followed up a six-game winning streak with three straight losses.
"You have to give the Penguins credit, when they got the lead," said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. "They didn't make the mistakes to give up the odd man rushes that would put them in a tough situation."
Armstrong broke a scoreless tie 12 seconds into the middle stanza. Crosby's perfect feed from the left circle was one-timed past the glove of Miller by Armstrong, who was perched at the right side of the cage.
Evgeni Malkin's empty-net tally with 22 seconds remaining in regulation iced the win.
The Sabres will host the Penguins on Tuesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in New York in the first-ever outdoor NHL game played in the United States. The New Year's Day game is expected to have over 70,000 people in attendance...The Penguins concluded a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark...Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play...Penguins forward Peter Sykora missed the game with an undisclosed illness, while Ryan Malone returned after sitting out five games with an infection in his left leg.
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