Pittsburgh at Buffalo

Crosby's goal in overtime sends Penguins past Sabres

CBSSports.com wire reports

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With one deflection, Sidney Crosby ended a personal goal-scoring drought and helped the Pittsburgh Penguins make up for a poor performance.

Crosby scored 43 seconds into overtime, snapping a career-high nine-game scoreless streak, and lifting the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Pittsburgh, which improved to 4-5-1 in December, also rebounded from one of its poorest efforts of the year on Saturday in 7-3 loss to Toronto.

"We bounced back from last game and played a good hockey game," Crosby said. "We were working hard, and I thought we deserved to win. Hopefully we can build off of this."

Crosby stopped his drought when he tipped in Evgeni Malkin's shot past goalie Ryan Miller. The play survived a two-minute video review that confirmed Crosby's stick was under the crossbar when he touched it.

"It was pretty close," said Crosby, who scored for the first time since netting a hat trick against New Jersey last month. "But I don't think it was (a high-stick). My stick was angled down. If I would have hit it a little higher up, I think we would have been flirting with danger a little bit more."

Miller disagreed.

"I didn't get a great look, but from my gut feel I thought it was a little high," he said. "Let's just hope they make the right call in Toronto."

Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves to help the Penguins rally from a two-goal deficit.

"We haven't been playing that well, so that's a great road win against a good team," Goligoski said. "It's good for the locker room right now."

Pascal Dupuis also scored, and Malkin had three assists for Pittsburgh (18-11-4), which won for the second time in three games.

"We are managing the puck really well and we found a way to comeback," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "To be able to win that game in overtime, it's a big boost of confidence."

Ales Kotalik and Daniel Paille had a goal and assist each, and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Sabres (16-13-5), who lost their second straight and third in their last four.

Miller finished with 18 saves.

Down by a goal after two periods, Pittsburgh tied it 3-3 on the power play on Goligoski's second of the game, a wrist shot from the middle of the blue line that got past a screened Miller with under nine minutes left in regulation.

Paille opened the scoring with his fourth of the year just a minute into the game. From the top of the right circle, Paille sent a shot toward the Pittsburgh net that ricocheted off defenseman Philippe Boucher's skate and into the net.

Kotalik upped the Sabres' lead to 2-0 with his eighth 5:23 into the second period. After taking a feed from Paille, Kotalik went in alone on Fleury from the blue line and wristed a shot from the slot over the goalie's glove hand.

Dupuis cut the deficit in half with his seventh 55 seconds later, sending a wrist shot from the slot that squirted between Miller's right arm and body.

Goligoski tied it at 2 with 7:37 left in the second, netting his fifth of the year when his wrist shot from the right point eluded Miller, but MacArthur's power-play goal with 4:02 remaining gave Buffalo the lead again.

"We played hard, so it was a tough break," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought our guys did a great job against a very skilled team."


  • Dupuis returned after missing one game because of a lower body injury.
  • The Penguins had to bus into Buffalo from Pittsburgh on Sunday because of a blizzard in western New York that prevented air travel.
  • Sabres C Jochen Hecht left midway through the second period after the puck produced a cut on his ear. He is day-to-day.
  • The two teams split the four meetings this season.
  • Buffalo C Derek Roy had his nine-game points streak snapped.
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Sidney Crosby (left) had gone nine games without scoring until his winning goal in overtime.  (AP)
Sidney Crosby (left) had gone nine games without scoring until his winning goal in overtime. (AP)
Pittsburgh  (18-11-4) «02114
Buffalo (16-13-5)12003
Three Stars
A. Goligoski

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
C. MacArthur

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
A. Kotalik

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
01:00Daniel Paille (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Numminen, Mair
05:23Ales Kotalik (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Paille, Mair
06:18Pascal Dupuis (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Satan, Orpik
12:23Alex Goligoski (5), Tip-In. Assist: Malkin, Fedotenko
15:58Power Play - Clarke MacArthur (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kotalik, Numminen
11:17Power Play - Alex Goligoski (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Malkin, Staal
43.0Sidney Crosby (14), Tip-In. Assist: Malkin, Goligoski
Penalty Summary
14:00Orpik, 2 min, Interference
21.0Satan, 2 min, Tripping
07:14Malkin, 2 min, Tripping
14:46Peters, 5 min, Fighting
14:46Godard, 2 min, Boarding
14:46Godard, 5 min, Fighting
01:49Boucher, 2 min, Hooking
10:35Paille, 2 min, Roughing
13:26Boucher, 2 min, High-Sticking
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Marc-Andre Fleury 60:40323
Ryan Miller 60:43184
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
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