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GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-2) at Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0).

TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EDT.

The Pittsburgh Penguins hope another No. 1 overall pick will help the team record its first win of the season.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be in uniform when the Penguins meet the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Fleury, the top pick in the 2003 draft, was recalled Sunday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Fleury replaces Jocelyn Thibault, who was injured earlier Saturday during the team's morning skate.

Fleury was 4-14-2 with a 3.64 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage as a rookie in 2003-04. He was 2-0 with a 1.00 GAA with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

He also joins top overall picks Sidney Crosby (2005) and Mario Lemieux (1984). Crosby scored his first NHL goal and Lemieux added his first two of the season Saturday night, but Pittsburgh dropped a 7-6 overtime decision to the Boston Bruins.

Backup netminder Sebastien Caron got the start and allowed Glenn Murray's game-winning tally 83 seconds into overtime.

Crosby has scored in all three games this season and leads the team with five points.

"It's something you dream about, scoring in the NHL," Crosby said. "There's a lot of emotion that comes out of that. But it would have been nice if we had finished it off."

Buffalo returns home after a 5-0 loss Saturday to the Ottawa Senators.

"They play a very good defensive game," Sabres captain Daniel Briere said. "They're a good team. We knew that coming in. It's kind of tough the way the schedule was made up. There's not much of a chance when you're coming to Ottawa after playing the night before and they're waiting for you, but that's the way the schedule is."

The Sabres have enjoyed tremendous success at home in the early going. Buffalo opened the season Wednesday with 6-4 win over the New York Islanders and followed that two nights later with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

After goaltender Ryan Miller's poor outing in Ottawa, Buffalo coach may give backup Martin Biron his first start of the season.

Biron, however, has struggled against the Penguins, recording a 2-9-3 mark with an .887 save percentage in 14 career games.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 8): Penguins - 2 points, 3rd place (tied), 2 PB, Atlantic Division. Sabres - 4 points, 2nd place (tied), 2 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Ziggy Palffy and Lemieux, 2 goals; Crosby, 4 assists and 5 points; Dick Tarnstrom, Brooks Orpik and Sergei Gonchar, 6 PIM. Sabres - Maxim Afinogenov, 3 goals; five tied with 2 assists; Briere, 4 points; Jay McKee and Teppo Numminen, 6 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 8): Penguins - Power play: 18.5 percent (5 for 27), 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.8 percent (18 for 22), 15th. Sabres - Power play: 16 percent (4 for 25), 18th. Penalty killing: 73.3 percent (11 for 15), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Caron (0-0-2, 4.28 GAA); Fleury (no record). Sabres - Ryan Miller (2-1-0, 3.33); Biron (no record).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Penguins, 2-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 27, 2004; Tied, 2-2. At Pittsburgh, Konstantin Koltsov scored the game-tying goal at 15:28 of the second period, helping Pittsburgh bounce back from a 2-0 deficit.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 0-1-1 on the road; Sabres - 2-0-0 at home.

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