Saturday, January 06, 2007

Penguins 4 - Buffaslugs 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins came through and beat a tough Sabres team last night by a 4-2 count.

Sidney actually had a pretty poor game, by his standards, as he finished with a lone assist and -1 in 20:59.

No matter. The Penguins got the win and had a good team effort.

Game recap from
Winning in Buffalo was big for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Beating the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres was even better.

Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal each had a goal and assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves in the Pittsburgh's 4-2 victory over Buffalo on Friday night. The Penguins won in Buffalo for the first time since November 2003 and snapped the Sabres' five-game winning streak against them.

They also extended their own winning streak to three games after stumbling through a five-game losing streak.

"They're such a great and dominating team," said Fleury, who has allowed just three goals over his last three starts. "Those two points were big for us."

Coupled with Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Carolina, the Penguins have beaten both of last season's Eastern Conference finalists.

"We've played some big games against some big teams," said Staal, who tied the game at 2-2 with his 12th at 13:39 of the second period. "Carolina was a huge game for us, and now that we got this one we have a good feeling. Hopefully we'll keep it going."

Dominic Moore also scored for the Penguins, who have won their last three by a combined score of 11-3.

"We knew this was going to be a big challenge and a big test," center Sidney Crosby said. "We respected them, but we had confidence that we could beat them as well."

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