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Sabres Vs. Penguins: James Neal, Zbynek Michalek Score First Pens Goals As Pittsburgh Rolls

Sports Network | March 8, 2011


Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 stops to help the Pittsburgh Penguins take a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at CONSOL Energy Center.

Zbynek Michalek, Mark Letestu and James Neal each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won their past two games.

Rob Niedermayer scored the lone goal and Ryan Miller was charged with three goals on 31 shots for the Sabres, who had won three of four coming in.

Buffalo got the only goal of the first period when Niedermayer picked up the puck in the neutral zone, skated down the right wing and cut to the front before stuffing it past Fleury at the 2:47 mark.

Just 1:25 into the second, Deryk Engelland fired the disc from a sharp angle at the left side that saw Neal redirect it in for his 22nd goal of the season.

It was a 2-1 game just over three minutes later when a Michalek shot from the right point sailed into the back of the net.

Letestu scored with under seven minutes to play in the game, while Fleury stopped all 15 shots over the final 40 minutes to give the Pens the win.

Pittsburgh has off until Saturday when it will host Montreal...Buffalo plays at Boston on Thursday...Pittsburgh took all four games this season against Buffalo and has won eight of the last nine...Pittsburgh was 0-for-7 on the power play while Buffalo went 0-for-3.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.