Game Recap

Penguins 4, Sabres 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 4, Sabres 3, OT
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Buffalo Sabres 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -With one deflection, Sidney Crosby ended a personal goal-scoring drought and helped the Pittsburgh Penguins make up for a poor performance.

Crosby scored 43 seconds into overtime, snapping a career-high nine-game scoreless streak, and lifting the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Pittsburgh, which improved to 4-5-1 in December, also rebounded from one of its poorest efforts of the year on Saturday in 7-3 loss to Toronto.

"We bounced back from last game and played a good hockey game," Crosby said. "We were working hard, and I thought we deserved to win. Hopefully we can build off of this."

Crosby stopped his drought when he tipped in Evgeni Malkin's shot past goalie Ryan Miller. The play survived a 2-minute video review that confirmed Crosby's stick was under the crossbar when he touched it.

"It was pretty close," said Crosby, who scored for the first time since netting a hat trick against New Jersey last month. "But I don't think it was (a high-stick). My stick was angled down. If I would have hit it a little higher up, I think we would have been flirting with danger a little bit more."

Miller disagreed.

"I didn't get a great look, but from my gut feel I thought it was a little high," he said. "Let's just hope the make the right call in Toronto."

Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves to help the Penguins rally from a two-goal deficit.

"We haven't been playing that well, so that's a great road win against a good team," Goligoski said. "It's good for the locker room right now."

Pascal Dupuis also scored, and Malkin had three assists for Pittsburgh (18-11-4), which won for the second time in three games.

"We are managing the puck really well and we found a way to comeback," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "To be able to win that game in overtime, it's a big boost of confidence."

Ales Kotalik and Daniel Paille had a goal and assist each, and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Sabres (16-13-5), who lost their second straight and third in their last four.

Miller finished with 18 saves.

Down by a goal after two periods, Pittsburgh tied it 3-3 on the power play on Goligoski's second of the game, a wrist shot from the middle of the blue line that got past a screened Miller with under 9 minutes left in regulation.

Paille opened the scoring with his fourth of the year just a minute into the game. From the top of the right circle, Paille sent a shot toward the Pittsburgh net that ricocheted off defenseman Philippe Boucher's skate and into the net.

Kotalik upped the Sabres' lead to 2-0 with his eighth 5:23 into the second period. After taking a feed from Paille, Kotalik went in alone on Fleury from the blue line and wristed a shot from the slot over the goalie's glove hand.

Dupuis cut the deficit in half with his seventh 55 seconds later, sending a wrist shot from the slot that squirted between Miller's right arm and body.

Goligoski tied it at 2 with 7:37 left in the second, netting his fifth of the year when his wrist shot from the right point eluded Miller, but MacArthur's power-play goal with 4:02 remaining gave Buffalo the lead again.

"We played hard, so it was a tough break," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought our guys did a great job against a very skilled team."

Notes: Dupuis returned after missing one game because of a lower body injury. ... The Penguins had to bus into Buffalo from Pittsburgh on Sunday because of a blizzard in western New York that prevented air travel. ... Sabres C Jochen Hecht left midway through the second period after the puck produced a cut on his ear. He is day-to-day. ...The two teams split the four meetings this season. ... Buffalo C Derek Roy had his nine-game points streak snapped.

scoring summary
1st Period
Daniel Paille (4) ASST: Teppo Numminen (10), Adam Mair (5)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
Ales Kotalik (8) ASST: Daniel Paille (8), Adam Mair (6)
2 - 0 BUF
Pascal Dupuis (7) ASST: Miroslav Satan (13), Brooks Orpik (6)
2 - 1 BUF
Alex Goligoski (5) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (41), Ruslan Fedotenko (9)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Clarke MacArthur (9) ASST: Ales Kotalik (8), Teppo Numminen (11)
3 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
PPG - Alex Goligoski (6) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (42), Jordan Staal (10)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
Sidney Crosby (14) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (43), Alex Goligoski (12)
4 - 3 PIT
Power Play Stats
Power Plays1/11/6
Power Play %0.0%33.3%
% on Road0.0%0.0%
% at Home0.0%33.3%
League Rank27th6th
penalty summary
1st Period
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Clarke MacArthur
2nd Period
Miroslav Satan  Tripping against  Andrej Sekera
Evgeni Malkin  Tripping against  Derek Roy
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Godard
Eric Godard  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
Eric Godard  Boarding against  Teppo Numminen
3rd Period
Philippe Boucher  Hooking against  Derek Roy
Daniel Paille  Roughing against  Alex Goligoski
Philippe Boucher  Hi-sticking against  Clarke MacArthur
OT Period
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 35TOI: 60:40
Saves: 32EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 17
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 22TOI: 60:43
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 1