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Roy scores two goals as Buffalo Sabres beat Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5 @NHLdotcom

PITTSBURGH - Derek Roy's second goal of the game with 28 seconds left lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-5 exhibition win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

Sidney Crosby scored two power-play goals and had an assist for the Penguins.

Buffalo improved to 3-2-0 and Pittsburgh fell to 1-2-2 in the pre-season.

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin had an apparent tying-goal waved off when referees ruled that time had expired.

Buffalo's Thomas Vanek opened the scoring with his second goal of the pre-season 1:26 into the first period.

Buffalo goaltender Jocelyn Thibault stopped Malkin on a penalty-shot attempt at 3:46. Thibault spent the past two seasons in Pittsburgh before signing with the Sabres this summer to back up Ryan Miller.

The Sabres extended their lead to 2-0 on defenceman Brian Campbell goal at 12:50.

Crosby brought the Penguins to 2-1 at 15:34 when he converted a bad bounce off Thibault following Malkin's attempted pass into his second pre-season goal.

Jordan Staal scored his first goal of the pre-season at 5:37 of the second period, cramming home a feed from left wing Mark Recchi to pull Pittsburgh even, 2-2. Crosby was credited with a secondary assist.

Crosby put the Penguins ahead, 3-2, at 5:37 of the second with his second power-play goal. Buffalo defenceman Hernik Tallinder answered barely over a minute later to tie the score.

Ryan Malone beat Thibault at 2:32 of the third period for his second goal of the pre-season to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead. However, Buffalo tied the score at 4-all at 6:19 when centre Roy scored his fourth exhibition goal.

Erik Christensen, who tied for the NHL lead with eight shootout goals last season, beat Thibault on a breakaway at 8:59 of the third period to give the Penguins a brief advantage at 5-4. Buffalo's Marek Zagrapen evened the score at 16:35.

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