Penguins Vs. Sabres: Buffalo Scores Three In Final Period To Run Away With 6-2 Win

Brent Johnson gave up three early goals before being pulled for Marc-Andre Fleury, and the Pens couldn't recover as the Sabres cruised to a 6-2 win.

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Penguins Vs. Sabres Recap: Buffalo Scores Six Goals For Convincing Sunday Afternoon Win

In a game dominated by special teams play, the Buffalo Sabres ran away from the Penguins in the third period to clinch a 6-2 win.

Jordan Staal put the Penguins within one to start the final period on a power play goal. Pittsburgh put constant pressure on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller throughout the power play, until Staal finally broke through on a quick backhand from in front of the net that trickled through the five-hole of Miller and just across the goal line. James Neal hit Staal with a nice pass to the front and then, with his back to the net, Staal put the shot past Miller.

Buffalo answered the Staal goal a minute later to make it a two-goal lead again. Drew Stafford scored just his third goal of his last 19 games, as he suffers through a rough scoring drought. Stafford rushed towards Marc-Andre Fleury and put a shot on net that was deflected wide. He didn't give up on the play however, and scooped up the puck behind the net and fired a shot from a bad angle as he circled back around. Fleury was still sprawled out in the crease and the shot deflected off his blocker and into the back of the net to make it 4-2 Buffalo.

Derek Roy scored his second of the game on a shorthanded chance to bump the Sabres lead back to three. Jason Pominville played keep-away, controlling the puck on the boards and putting a perfect crossing pass on the stick of Roy, who was streaking down the right side towards the net. Roy knocked the crossing pass down out of mid air and deflected it under the legs of Fleury for the goal.

The Sabres added one more on the power play to make it 6-2. Tyler Ennis did the damage from in front of the net. Ennis pulled a nifty spin move on defenseman Paul Martin to get open and take a feed from behind the net from Zack Kassian. Ennis then flipped the puck into the air, moved his stick to the backhand and knocked it out of the air and into the back of the net for the 6-2 lead. The Sabres have struggled to score all season and this was the first time the Pens gave up six goals since December 16th against Ottawa.

The Pens now have one day off before the Eastern Conference's top team, the New York Rangers, come to town on Tuesday night for an Atlantic Division showdown.

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Penguins Vs. Sabres Score Update: Marc-Andre Fleury Comes On For Penguins, Does Incredible Work To Keep It At 3-1 After Two Periods

After two periods in Buffalo, the Penguins trail the Sabres 3-1. The Sabres took a 3-0 lead just three minutes into the second period. Paul Gaustad started the chip and chase play, getting to the puck first behind the net. With the puck loose out front, Gaustad was left unmarked as defenseman Paul Martin went to cover Nathan Gerbe. The puck came right to Gaustad who was set up on the right post and flipped it high past Brent Johnson who was out of position.

The prompt three-goal lead for the Sabres forced head coach Dan Bylsma to make the call for Marc-Andre Fleury - a situation he desperately wanted to avoid on this Sunday afternoon game.

The Pens quickly responded to the Sabres third goal on a blast from the top by Deryk Engelland - his first goal since December 17th against this same Buffalo team. Engelland one-timed a crossing pass from Evgeni Malkin, who controlled the puck, brought it out top and put it right on the stick of the big defenseman.

Buffalo had ample chances to move it back to a three-goal lead over the final ten minutes of the period. Nathan Gerbe had a wide open net and hit the post after a perfect fake and crossing pass from Patrick Kaleta. Fleury went for the fake and left the net wide open but Gerbe hit the near post. Kaleta then had his first career penalty shot after Chris Kuntiz was whistled for an interference call when the ref determined that he threw his broken stick at Kaleta. Fleury picked up Kunitz, however, and got a glove on Kaleta's shot, for the tenth career stop against 14 penalty shot attempts.

Buffalo was on the power play for much of the period and had three consecutive golden chances on the man-advatange after a Matt Cooke penalty but Marc-Andre Fleury was incredible, stretching out to stop shot after shot. Fleury did amazing work on the power play to keep it a two-goal game.

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Penguins Vs. Sabres Score Update: Buffalo Jumps Out To 2-0 Lead After First Period

The Pittsburgh Pengins trail the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 after twenty minutes in upstate New York. It didn't take long for the Sabres to put one past Brent Johnson on Saturday afternoon. Off a sloppy play in the Pens own zone, the Sabres took a 1-0 lead just 52 seconds into the game. Brooks Orpik put the puck right in front of the goal where it deflected directly onto the stick of All-Star Jason Pominvllle. The Sabres' captain poked it past Johnson for the quick 1-0 lead.

The Sabres made it a two-goal lead on a soft Derek Roy backhand that went over the blocker side of Johnson. Just like that, less than five minutes into this Sunday national TV showcase, the Pens trailed 2-0. Roy came down the left wing and simply flipped a backhand towards the net with Orpik trying to catch up and draped on his right side.

On the offensive end, the Pens had only two shots-on-goal through the first ten minutes, presenting little challenge for Ryan Miller. Shortly after the mid way point of the period, Pittsburgh stepped up the offensive pressure but Miller was there to make a couple impressive saves, including one fabulous glove stop on a rocket from Paul Martin.

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Penguins Vs. Sabres: Pittsburgh Looks To Continue Winning Ways In Buffalo

The Pittsburgh Penguins (33-20-5, 71 points), winners of three of their last four games, head to Buffalo Sunday afternoon looking to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings with a win over the Sabres (24-27-7, 55 pts).

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