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Penguins Skate Past Sabres 4-1



For the third straight game, the Sabres struggled to generate an offensive attack and fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday 4-1. Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal for Buffalo late in regulation.

Sidney Crosby got the scoring started at 3:39 of the first period, chopping his own rebound past Jhonas Enroth's blocker. The Penguins went up 2-0 about 10 minutes on Chuck Kobasew's second goal of the season. Parked in front of the Buffalo crease, Kobasew deflected a Brandon Sutter blueline shot into the net.

Pittsburgh upped its lead to 3-0 on a penalty shot by Chris Kunitz. The Penguins forward was held up by Mike Weber during a breakaway chance and took advantage of the ensuing penalty shot, backhanding the puck past Enroth's glove. Buffalo finally got on the board later in the period when Vanek deflected a Cody Hodgson pass into the net. The Penguins added an empty-netter courtesy of Craig Adams.

The Sabres' offense mustered only 21 shots including 5 in the second period and 7 in the final frame. They now have two goals in three games so far this season and are a combined 0 for 13 on the power play. Enroth stopped 31 shots in the loss while Marc-Andre Fleury came up with 20 saves for the Pens.

Buffalo (0-3-0) returns home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at 7:30. Hear the call with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray on WGR 550.

1st Period
Goals

3:39 - PIT - Sidney Crosby (2) (Pascal Dupuis, Matt Niskanen)
13:43 - PIT - Chuck Kobasew (2) (Brandon Sutter, Matt Niskanen)

Penalties
10:03 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., interference)

2nd Period
Goals

None

Penalties
8:57 - PIT - Brandon Sutter (2 min., delay of game, puck over glass)
18:01 - PIT - Sidney Crosby (2 min., tripping)

3rd Period
Goals

10:09 - PIT - Chris Kunitz (1) (Penalty Shot) (Unassisted)
15:06 - BUF - Thomas Vanek (1) (Cody Hodgson)
18:15 - PIT - Craig Adams (2) (EN) (Paul Martin)

Penalties
6:19 - BUF - Thomas Vanek (2 min., hooking)

Goaltending
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (31 saves, 34 shots)
PIT - Marc-Andre Fleury (20 saves, 21 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 0 of 2
PIT - 0 of 2

Three Stars
1.) Sidney Crosby (1 G, 0 A)
2.) Marc-Andre Fleury (20 saves)
3.) Chris Kunitz (1 G, 0 A)

In light of the recent off field issues, has your enthusiasm for the NFL been affected?
  Yes. I'm not enjoying the games as much
  No. Why should it? Its a very small percentage of players
 
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