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Monday, October 10th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-2) at Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins once again seek their first victory of the season tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

After all the hype that surrounded Sidney Crosby and the Pens before the season, so far all they have to show for it are losses to New Jersey, Carolina and Boston. They have garnered two points, though, as the Hurricanes loss was via shootout and the setback to the Bruins came in overtime.

Against Boston, Pittsburgh fell, 7-6, at Mellon Arena on Saturday. Crosby scored his first NHL goal and added two assists in the contest, while Penguins captain/team owner Mario Lemieux scored his first two goals of the season.

Pittsburgh led 6-4 after Crosby's goal late in the second period, but the Bruins scored two goals in a 77 second span around the midway point of the third. Glen Murray's first goal came of the game came with 7:48 elapsed in the period and Brad Boyes scored on a one-timer to make it 6-6 at the 9:05 mark.

Boston carried a power play into the extra session, but Murray would end the game with the teams at even strength. Joe Thornton fired a pass into the left circle and Murray one-timed a shot past Sebastien Caron.

Pittsburgh has some concerns between the pipes, as Jocelyn Thibault was placed on injured reserve with a bruised knee. That leaves Caron and former No. 1 overall pick Marc-Andre Fleury, who was called up from the AHL, as the goaltenders on the roster.

The Penguins will visit Philadelphia on Friday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, opened the season with consecutive wins over the Islanders and Bruins, but dropped a 5-0 contest in Ottawa on Saturday. Former Sabre Dominik Hasek made 35 saves to blank his former team.

Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for the Sabres, who finished 0-for-7 on the power play.

Buffalo was trying to start a season 3-0 for the first time since the lockout- shortened 1994-95 season.

The Sabres will begin a three-game road trip Wednesday in Tampa.

Pittsburgh went 2-1-1 against Buffalo in 2003-04.

10/10 10:31:51 ET


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