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Sabres end skid with 6-2 win over Pens

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Sabres end skid with 6-2 win over Pens
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Buffalo Sabres 6
Three Stars of the Game
Derek Roy
1st
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 4TOI: 17:16
Jason Pominville
2nd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:57
Christian Ehrhoff
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:47
The Buffalo Sabres emphatically put an end to their four-game skid Sunday afternoon.

Derek Roy redirected Jason Pominville's centering pass through Marc-Andre Fleury's legs for a shorthanded goal as part of Buffalo's three-goal third period in securing a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at First Niagara Center.

With the victory, the Sabres snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1) and Roy finished with two goals and an assist to enjoy his best outing in nearly four months.

"Finishing the chances is obviously key," said Roy, who was staring at an open side only to have Fleury kick out his left pad in preventing the Sabres from building a 3-1 lead with 7:20 left in the second period.

"He made a nice save. But at the same time, you want to finish that and get up three goals and close the game out," Roy said. "In the third period, I was really mad and I wanted to go out and score a goal."

It was a breakout performance for Roy, whose 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three games matched what he had in his previous 20 (3 goals, 2 assists).

Pominville had a goal and two assists, while Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored in helping Buffalo (25-27-7) move out of a tie with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference.

Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal scored for the Penguins, who came out flat in failing to build off a 6-4 win at Philadelphia a day earlier.

Backup goalie Brent Johnson's season-long struggles continued. His record dropped to 3-7-2 after being yanked early into the second period after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Though Fleury provided the Penguins an immediate lift upon taking over, he eventually allowed three goals on 12 shots as Pittsburgh (33-21-5) squandered a chance to move ahead of the fourth-place Flyers in the East.

"It was a letdown for our team," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We knew exactly what team we were playing and what they could do and how they were going to play. We didn't execute and play that way. And early on, we gave up good opportunities, which they capitalized."

Fleury stopped the first seven shots he faced, including Patrick Kaleta's penalty shot, in giving the Penguins a chance to mount a comeback in cutting Buffalo's lead to 3-2 on Staal's power-play goal 5:05 into the third.

After squandering early leads in losing each of their past two games, the Sabres responded with Stafford and Roy scoring goals 2:22 apart.

"Today we finished the deal," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think the answer was getting the fourth one right away. That was the answer. ... We just kept coming."

Ryan Miller finished with 24 saves, including stopping Staal and Evgeni Malkin on breakaway attempts in the second period.

Pominville opened the scoring 52 seconds in, and Roy made it 2-0 before five minutes had passed.

The Sabres got off to a fast start despite having their pregame warmup interrupted when a light bulb broke just before Buffalo took the ice. Shards of broken glass were scattered across the ice in the Buffalo end, leading to several Sabres players requiring to have their skates re-sharpened.

The NHL allowed the Sabres additional time to warm up, which they did in the Penguins end. And the start of the game was delayed for a few minutes to allow the last few Sabres players time to have their skates sharpened.

"After a weird warm up, we stuck with it. Didn't want to make any excuses out of it," Pominville said. "We were able to get the lead, get it early and be good with it."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
00:52
BUF
Jason Pominville (23) ASST: Tyler Myers (11), Derek Roy (19)
1 - 0 BUF
04:16
BUF
Derek Roy (12) ASST: Jason Pominville (33), Christian Ehrhoff (18)
2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
02:52
BUF
Paul Gaustad (7) ASST: Nathan Gerbe (17), Jordan Leopold (10)
3 - 0 BUF
03:39
PIT
Deryk Engelland (3) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (39)
3 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
05:05
PIT
PPG - Jordan Staal (19) ASST: James Neal (27), Steve Sullivan (18)
3 - 2 BUF
06:10
BUF
Drew Stafford (10) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (19), Thomas Vanek (24)
4 - 2 BUF
08:32
BUF
SHG - Derek Roy (13) ASST: Jason Pominville (34), Christian Ehrhoff (20)
5 - 2 BUF
16:43
BUF
Tyler Ennis (6) ASST: Zack Kassian (4), Ville Leino (14)
6 - 2 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
06:09
PIT
Matt Niskanen  Hi-sticking against  Nathan Gerbe
12:52
BUF
Ville Leino  Hi-sticking against  Dustin Jeffrey
17:39
BUF
Derek Roy  Tripping against  Paul Martin
2nd Period
00:38
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Hi-sticking against  Jason Pominville
11:46
PIT
Matt Cooke  Tripping against  Andrej Sekera
17:36
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Broken stick against  Patrick Kaleta
3rd Period
03:33
BUF
Nathan Gerbe  Roughing against  Chris Kunitz
03:33
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Roughing against  Nathan Gerbe
03:33
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Cross checking against  James Neal
06:39
BUF
Jordan Leopold  Holding against  Richard Park
14:35
PIT
James Neal  Charging against  Patrick Kaleta
16:03
PIT
Matt Cooke  Roughing against  Drew Stafford
16:03
BUF
Drew Stafford  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 12TOI: 22:52
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 12TOI: 37:08
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 1
Ryan Miller
SA: 26TOI: 59:53
Saves: 24EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2