GAME: Buffalo Sabres (12-16-2-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (7-16-4-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for consecutive victories for just the second
time this season, while the Buffalo Sabres try to snap their season-high losing
streak at five when the last-place teams meet at Mellon Arena.
Pittsburgh ended a season-high, five-game losing streak Saturday with a 5-3
win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The victory gave the Penguins consecutive
home victories for the first time this season.
Tomas Surovy had the first two-goal game of his career after being a healthy
scratch the previous two games, linemate Aleksey Morozov added a career-high
three assists and Pittsburgh scored a season-high in goals.
"He (Pittsburgh coach Ed Olczyk) told me I had to play with the same
intensity I did when I first got called up from the minors," said Surovy, who
tied it midway through the second period and added a power-play goal in the
"This was a big win for us, and I hope I get some more chances."
Pittsburgh won back-to-back games for the only time this season from Oct.
Buffalo extended its skid on Saturday, falling 3-2 on the road to the
Minnesota Wild for its fifth straight loss. The Sabres haven't lost six in a
row since dropping eight straight from Jan. 25-Feb. 13.
The Sabres and Wild traded goals in an evenly played first period, with
Miroslav Satan giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 8:49. For Satan, who led the team
with 26 goals last season, it was just the second time he's scored in 20 games.
Buffalo center Chris Drury broke a 1-1 tie 65 seconds into the third period,
but the Wild scored twice in the final five minutes to beat the Sabres.
"It hurts a lot," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "When things are going
bad, things like this happen. I thought we played a good third period and they
got those two goals that shouldn't have happened."
Pittsburgh beat Buffalo last month to improve to 6-0-2 in the last eight
meetings between the teams.