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|BUF||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|Daniel Paille (Photo: Bill Wippert)|
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -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 2-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."
"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 the 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 9 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."
Notes: 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.
|Daniel Paille (4) ASST: Teppo Numminen (10), Adam Mair (5)|
1 - 0 BUF
|Ales Kotalik (8) ASST: Daniel Paille (8), Adam Mair (6)|
2 - 0 BUF
|Pascal Dupuis (7) ASST: Miroslav Satan (13), Brooks Orpik (6)|
2 - 1 BUF
|Alex Goligoski (5) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (41), Ruslan Fedotenko (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Clarke MacArthur (9) ASST: Ales Kotalik (8), Teppo Numminen (11)|
3 - 2 BUF
|PPG - Alex Goligoski (6) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (42), Jordan Staal (10)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Sidney Crosby (14) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (43), Alex Goligoski (12)|
4 - 3 PIT
|Brooks Orpik Interference against Clarke MacArthur|
|Miroslav Satan Tripping against Andrej Sekera|
|Evgeni Malkin Tripping against Derek Roy|
|Andrew Peters Fighting (maj) against Eric Godard|
|Eric Godard Fighting (maj) against Andrew Peters|
|Eric Godard Boarding against Teppo Numminen|
|Philippe Boucher Hooking against Derek Roy|
|Daniel Paille Roughing against Alex Goligoski|
|Philippe Boucher Hi-sticking against Clarke MacArthur|
|SA: 35||TOI: 60:40|
|Saves: 32||EV: 16 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 16 - 17|
|SV%: .914||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 22||TOI: 60:43|
|Saves: 18||EV: 17 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .818||SH: 1 - 1|