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Saturday, December 17th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (8-17-7) at Buffalo Sabres (21-10-1), 5 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Buffalo Sabres will try to win their sixth straight game today, as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the finale of a home-and-home series at HSBC Arena.

The Sabres posted an overtime win in Pittsburgh on Friday evening. Chris Drury poked a rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury 1:32 into overtime to lift Buffalo to the 4-3 triumph at Mellon Arena.

Ales Kotalik and Drury both had a goal and two assists and Martin Biron made 24 saves to record his 12th win in a row. Biron became the first goaltender to win 12 straight starts since Martin Brodeur in 1997-98.

Daniel Briere tallied a goal and an assist and Jochen Hecht notched his seventh goal of the season for Buffalo, which has won five straight and 13 of its last 15 contests.

The Sabres are currently second in the Northeast Division -- three points behind Ottawa.

Pittsburgh's Zigmund Palffy tied the game with his 700th career goal late in the third period and Fleury stopped 23-of-27 shots, but the Penguins couldn't pull out the victory in Michel Therrien's first game as Pittsburgh's coach.

Therrien was given the job on Thursday after Ed Olczyk was relieved of his duties.

Penguins captain/owner Mario Lemieux returned to action after missing four games since doctors determined he has atrial fibrillation. He tallied an assist.

The Penguins have a 4-9-3 record away from home this season, while Buffalo is 10-5-1 at HSBC Arena.

The Sabres are unbeaten in their last five games against Pittsburgh. The Penguins have dropped two in a row at Buffalo.

12/17 10:12:39 ET

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