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Sid, Pens extend streaks in 5-2 win at Buffalo

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Sid, Pens extend streaks in 5-2 win at Buffalo
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Buffalo Sabres 2
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins just keep rolling.

The Penguins and their captain both extended streaks on Saturday. Sid's assist on Alex Goligoski's third-period goal lengthened his points streak to 18 games, and Goligoski's goal proved to be the winner as Pittsburgh made it 12 consecutive victories by beating the Buffalo Sabres 5-2.

The 18-game streak is one short of Crosby's career best, set in October and November of 2007. He has 36 points (20 goals and 16 assists) during this one and can match his career-best when the Penguins visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Another Penguin also extended a streak. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots to win his 11th game in a row. He's 13-0-1 in his last 14 appearances, including a 1-0 win on Nov. 24. In all, he stopped 64 of 66 shots at HSBC Arena this season.

"I like to play here. It's a fun building," Fleury said. "Like every night the guys are doing a great job of blocking shots and taking rebounds away. That's a big help."

The Penguins (21-8-2) maintained their lead atop the overall NHL standings and matched a franchise-best by winning their seventh consecutive road game.

"We were talking before the game that none of us have had an opportunity to win 12 in a row," coach Dan Bylsma said. "It feels good to get it. We're going to put this one behind us and move on to the next one as quickly as we can."

As happens with any team on a roll, contributions come from unlikely sources. On Saturday, that meant recent callup Dustin Jeffrey, who scored the game's first goal at 13:17 of the first period and set up Mike Rupp's goal with 3:17 left in the game that made it 4-2.

"Jeffrey gets his first game of the year and starts us off with a goal," Bylsma said. "He goes to the net and gets the goal. They got a huge goal with three minutes left. They got to the offensive zone and had guys in the blue paint. That one sealed the deal for us

The Penguins started out as if they were going to coast to another win, as they did in Wednesday's 5-2 victory against Toronto. Goals by Jeffrey and Asham made it 2-0 before the first period was 10 minutes old.

The Sabres got one back at 15:49 by capitalizing on a two-man advantage. Fleury blocked Tyler Ennis' centering pass, but the puck landed directly on Ennis' stick and flipped it in the open side.

Crosby had several chances to extend his four-goal goal-scoring streak in the second period, but couldn't beat Ryan Miller. He had Miller down on a breakaway at one point but put a backhander over the net. Less than three minutes later, Crosby sneaked behind the defense and had a partial break from the right circle. Miller got a glove on his initial shot, then closed his pads to stop the rebound.

But Crosby extended his points streak by starting the play that led to Goligoski's goal with 7:51 left in regulation, a bad-angled shot that appeared to deflect into the net off defenseman Jordan Leopold.

Jason Pominville made it a one-goal game again just 51 seconds later, but Rupp's goal gave the Penguins some breathing room and Matt Cooke's empty-netter wrapped up win No. 12.

"We created some turnovers, we didn't finish," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "Give them credit - they took advantage of the turnovers."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:43
PIT
Dustin Jeffrey (1) ASST: Ben Lovejoy (3), Craig Adams (5)
1 - 0 PIT
09:31
PIT
Arron Asham (4) ASST: Maxime Talbot (4)
2 - 0 PIT
15:49
BUF
PPG - Tyler Ennis (7) ASST: Derek Roy (20), Thomas Vanek (12)
2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
12:09
PIT
Alex Goligoski (6) ASST: Pascal Dupuis (8), Sidney Crosby (25)
3 - 1 PIT
13:00
BUF
Jason Pominville (4) ASST: Tyler Myers (5), Andrej Sekera (6)
3 - 2 PIT
16:43
PIT
Mike Rupp (3) ASST: Dustin Jeffrey (1)
4 - 2 PIT
19:17
PIT
EN - Matt Cooke (5) ASST: Craig Adams (6)
5 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
00:12
BUF
Andrej Sekera  Tripping against  Pascal Dupuis
10:53
PIT
Ben Lovejoy  Hooking against  Cody McCormick
14:45
PIT
Craig Adams  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
15:23
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Hooking against  Jason Pominville
15:49
PIT
Matt Cooke  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Pominville
15:49
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
15:49
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Roughing against  Paul Gaustad
15:49
BUF
Jason Pominville  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Cooke
2nd Period
06:14
PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury  Hi-sticking against  Derek Roy
09:34
BUF
Steve Montador  Slashing against  Sidney Crosby
11:47
BUF
Mike Weber  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
11:47
BUF
Mike Weber  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
11:47
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Roughing against  Mike Weber
3rd Period
00:24
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Cody McCormick
06:51
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hi-sticking against  Zbynek Michalek
11:03
BUF
Nathan Gerbe  Slashing against  Kris Letang
11:03
PIT
Kris Letang  Slashing against  Nathan Gerbe
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 30 - 31
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
SA: 23TOI: 59:02
Saves: 19EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .826SH: 0 - 0