Buffalo at Pittsburgh

    Sabres 4, Penguins 3, OT


    PITTSBURGH -- Adam Mair scored his first goal of the preseason at 2:53 of overtime to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

    Mair got a loose puck and skated to the net around Kristopher Letang in the left circle, sneaking a shot past goalie Jocelyn Thibault on the short side just before taking a big hit from Noah Welch.

    Maxim Afinogenov had tied the game with 5:52 to play in the third period on the Sabres' second short-handed goal of the game, skating around Ryan Whitney between the circles and then avoiding a sliding Brooks Orpik to score his first goal of the preseason.

    The Penguins (2-1-3) and Sabres (4-1-0) meet again Saturday night in Buffalo.

    The Penguins built a 2-1 lead after two periods. Colby Armstrong's goal at 7:27 of the first period made it 1-0, and after Daniel Briere tied it on a power-play goal at 14:04 of the second, John LeClair put Pittsburgh ahead by skating down the right wing and beating Martin Biron.

    Teppo Numminen's short-handed goal 30 seconds into the third period tied the game, but Armstrong scored his second goal with 8:34 to play to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead, taking a cross-ice pass from Whitney to beat Biron from the left circle.

    Linemate Sidney Crosby picked up his second assist of the game on the play and has nine points in four preseason games.

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    Scoring Summary
    7:27Colby Armstrong - Assists: Nils Ekman and Sidney Crosby
    14:04Power Play - Daniel Briere - Assists: Jaroslav Spacek and Brian Campbell
    15:24John LeClair - Assists: Karl Stewart and Kristopher Letang
    :30Teppo Numminen - Assist: Thomas Vanek
    11:26Power Play - Colby Armstrong - Assists: Ryan Whitney and Sidney Crosby
    14:08Maxim Afinogenov - Assists: Nathan Paetsch and Derek Roy
    2:53Adam Mair
    Penalty Summary
    2:02Libor Pivko: hooking - minor
    3:48Paul Gaustad: interference - minor
    8:10Chris Thorburn: unsportsmanlike-conduct - minor
    8:10Chris Thorburn: elbowing - minor
    10:30Brooks Orpik: tripping - minor
    16:23Paul Gaustad: elbowing - minor
    18:05Thomas Vanek: holding - minor
    2:59Ryan Whitney: interference - minor
    7:55Jaroslav Spacek: roughing - minor
    13:03Sergei Gonchar: hooking - minor
    20:00Jaroslav Spacek: hooking - minor
    1:19John LeClair: holding - minor
    9:50Daniel Briere: slashing - minor
    11:59Kristopher Letang: hooking - minor
    13:12Dmitri Kalinin: hooking - minor
    15:43Libor Pivko: tripping - minor
    19:00John LeClair: tripping - minor
    20:00Jarkko Ruutu: roughing - minor
    20:00Daniel Briere: roughing - minor
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    Game Time - 62:53
    Referees - Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney
    Line Judges - Derek Amell, Mark Pare
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