BIRON, SABRES HOLD OFF PENGUINS, 4-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Martin Biron and the Buffalo Sabres held off the Penguins for a 4-2 win Friday night.
Sidney Crosby scored two goals for the Penguins (8-7-2), but Biron’s strong play in goal limited Pittsburgh’s offensive chances.
Maxim Afinogenov put the Sabres up, 1-0, with a power-play goal when he snuck a shot past Jocelyn Thibault 6:06 into the contest.
Thomas Vanek gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead nine minutes into the second period. Thibault stopped a bevy of Sabres shots before Vanek turned and fired the puck on goal and it floated into the net. Chris Drury slammed in a loose puck in front of the net to boost the Sabres’ lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal with 8:32 left in the period.
Crosby got the Penguins on the scoreboard with 4:46 left in the period. Mark Recchi fed the puck to Crosby, who was streaking down the left side and No. 87 flipped it past Biron for a 3-1 deficit. Rob Scuderi added an assist.
Crosby banged in a puck in a scrum on the crease with 1:01 left. With Thibault pulled, the Penguins had six attackers on the ice. The puck squirted to Crosby and he quickly swatted it into the net for the score. Recchi and Michel Ouellet had assists.
Ales Kotalik put in an empty-net goal to seal the contest with 44.8 seconds remaining.
The Penguins return to action Saturday at home against the Rangers.