BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves and Pascal Dupuis scored in the first period to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Fleury recorded his 17th NHL shutout and first of the season. Five have been 1-0 victories.
Dupuis scored with 4:56 left in the period. Sidney Crosby stole the puck from Luke Adam in the right corner and fed Dupuis, who one-timed a shot past goalie Jhonas Enroth. ...more.
At the time, it seemed like it would merely be the first goal of the game, but it stood up as the game’s only goal. Fifteen minutes into the opening period, recent call-up Luke Adam was unable to clear the puck out of the Buffalo defensive zone and Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz directed it back into the corner. Sidney Crosby outdueled Andrej Sekera for the loose puck in the corner, skated toward the back of the net and backhanded a pass in front to Pascal Dupuis, who quickly snapped the puck over Jhonas Enroth’s shoulder for the eventual game-winning goal.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season and the 17th of his career. He was not forced to make many spectacular saves, but was there to answer every challenge and even drew a goaltender interference penalty. After facing only eight shots in the first period, Fleury made 11 saves in both the second and third periods to preserve the win. Jhonas Enroth
was also sharp in goal, tying his season-high with 28 saves.
You can’t miss the chances we missed. In a game like that, you can’t miss the net on some of the good chances, you can’t miss the net on the power play when you’re dead in the slot… Those are ones you’re going to have to convert if you’re going to win hockey games. - Head Coach Lindy Ruff
- Jhonas Enroth got the start in goal for the Sabres – his fifth of the season and first since Nov. 11 – with Ryan Miller out of the lineup due to a groin injury.
- Derek Roy, who leads all Sabres forwards in average ice time this season, only skated 15:17 tonight. After the game, Ruff said Roy missed shifts after taking a shot in the elbow, then experienced vision problems during the third period and was being evaluated by the medical staff.
- Thomas Vanek entered the game riding a career-high seven game point streak (4-6-10), but was not able to extend it. He finished with three shots on goal.
- Pittsburgh native Mike Weber saw his first game action since Oct. 26 as he dressed for the third time this season. Weber logged 11:33 of ice time and recorded a shot, a hit and a blocked shot.
- Colin Stuart made his Sabres debut as he dressed in an NHL game for the first time since Apr. 11, 2009, when he closed out his Atlanta Thrashers career. Stuart took three shots on goal and had several scoring opportunities.
- Sidney Crosby entered the game having notched 23 points in 18 career games and recorded the assist on Pittsburgh’s goal tonight.
- Ryan Miller (groin) and Tim Connolly (groin) joined Craig Rivet and Chris Butler as Buffalo’s scratches, while Ben Lovejoy, Eric Godard and Arron Asham were scratched for Pittsburgh.
Buffalo will close out its four-game homestand on Friday when it hosts Toronto for the first time this season. It will be the second meeting of the year between the Northeast Division rivals, who last met on Nov. 6 at the Air Canada Centre. The Sabres escaped with a 3-2 shootout win after Jochen Hecht scored with 14 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime. Jhonas Enroth made 23 saves and stopped four shootout attempts to earn his first NHL victory. The Leafs are coming off a 4-1 win over Dallas on Monday and have won three of their last four games. Former Sabre Clarke MacArthur leads Toronto in scoring with 18 points (7-11-18) in 20 games.