Mar 30, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) scores on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the first period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Penguins Vs. Sabres: Pittsburgh Wins Thrilling 5-3 Game In Buffalo

After two straight losses to the Islanders, the Pens responded with a four-point game from Sidney Crosby and a 5-3 win over the hottest team in the league.

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Penguins Vs. Sabres Recap: Pittsburgh Wins Thrilling 5-3 Game In Buffalo

The Pittsburgh Penguins edged out the hottest team in the league, the Buffalo Sabres, 5-3 in one of the most exciting back-and-forth games of the season. Sidney Crosby, who hadn't notched a point in the past two games, had an outstanding four-point game for the Pens. Crosby was in on both first period goals for Pittsburgh, assisting Evgeni Malkin's power play goal which opened the game. Malkin put his own rebound past the red-hot Ryan Miller for his 48th goal of the year.

Crosby then added his fifth goal of the year nine minutes later, slamming it home in front past Miller's left pad. Pascal Dupuis was credited with an assist, extending his scoring streak to 13 games -- the longest in the NHL this season. Unfortunately for the Pens, Buffalo matched them with two goals of their own in the first period. Brent Johnson has had a rough year, and he gave up two goals in Buffalo's first ten shots. Johnson would settle down thereafter, but it was certainly discouraging to see Pittsburgh's work against the recently unstoppable Miller result in no advantage after 20 minutes. The second goal by Tyler Ennis was very soft, as Ennis just threw it on net from a bad angle on the right side

Pittsburgh, however, would respond in the second period adding another two goals on Miller. Crosby was credited with an assist on both James Neal and Steve Sullivan goals. Neal's goal gave the Pens the lead for good and it was set up on pretty cross-ice pass by Crosby that went perfectly through the Sabres' defense.

The Sabres third goal was a flukey occurrence on a Pittsburgh clear attempt after a face-off in the zone. The clear hit the stanchion and fell out of mid-air onto the stick of Thomas Vanek as almost everyone started to skate the other way. Vanek, who was uncontested, put a move on Johnson and cut the lead to 4-3.

The Pens would clamp down in the third period and a Jordan Staal empty-netter would seal the win in the final minute. Pittsburgh now hosts division rival Philadelphia in a Sunday afternoon showdown on national TV.

For all the latest news and analysis on the Penguins, visit PensBurgh. If you are a Sabres fan, make sure to stop by Die By The Blade. Still not enough hockey for you? Make sure to visit the SB Nation NHL Hub page for all the latest news on every team in the NHL down the stretch run and on the road to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Penguins Vs. Sabres: Audio Stream, TV Schedule, And More

The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to bounce back after back-to-back losses against the streaking Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo Friday night. The Sabres enter the game with 86 points, tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins meanwhile come in to tonight fourth in the East with 100 points. Here is all the information you need to enjoy tonight's game including a link to live streaming audio.

Location: First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Penguins TV: ROOT Sports Pittsburgh
Penguins Radio: 105.9 The X FM and the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network

For more updates on tonight's game as they happen, keep it tuned to this StoryStream. For all the latest news and analysis on the Penguins, visit PensBurgh. If you are a Sabres fan, make sure to stop by Die By The Blade. Still not enough hockey for you? Make sure to visit the SB Nation NHL Hub page for all the latest news on every team in the NHL down the stretch run and on the road to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Penguins Vs. Sabres: Pittsburgh Looking To Get Back On Track After Back-To-Back Losses

The Penguins have lost two straight games to the New York Islanders, can they bounce back against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday?

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