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Thomas Vanek scores 20th goal in Sabres' 4-3 win over Penguins

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PITTSBURGH - Thomas Vanek's go-ahead goal, his NHL-best 20th of the season, completed a rally from two goals down and gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Derek Roy, Ales Kotalik and Daniel Paille also scored for the Sabres, who have won two in a row after snapping out of a stretch of losing eight of 10. Ruslan Fedotenko had two goals and Evgeni Malkin two assists for Pittsburgh, which lost consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 28-30.

Vanek's goal was a tap-in of a pass from Jason Pominville while he stood in the low left slot 6:13 into the third period. He is the first player to get to 20 goals this season, doing so in his 27th game. Philadelphia's Jeff Carter has 19.

Last season, Vanek did not score his 10th until his 31st game and did not get his 20th until his 56th. He is on pace for 60 goals this season.

Vanek's goal capped a comeback from a 3-1 deficit, the second time in 11 days that Buffalo came from behind to beat the Penguins 4-3.

Fedotenko had scored twice during the first period off pretty feeds from league scoring leader Malkin and second assists by Petr Sykora. It was the first time Fedotenko had scored twice in a game since Feb. 14.

Roy scored in between Fedotenko's goals at 11:07 of the first.

The Penguins were only 1-for-8 on the power play, and the one goal came during a 5-on-3 when Kris Letang converted a set up by Sidney Crosby while in the slot, extending Crosby's point streak to seven games.

It was Letang's first goal in 37 games, and first power-play goal in 82.

Kotalik scored his seventh about five minutes later on a play that was set up by Maxim Afinogenov. After the Sabres killed a full two minutes of a two-man advantage, Paille tied the game with 5:11 to play in the second by slamming in a loose puck during a scrum in the slot.

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