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Sabres can clinch top seed in Eastern Conference

Apr 3, 2007 - 2:54 PM Buffalo (50-21-7) at Pittsburgh (45-23-11) 7:00 pm EDT

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres can clinch the top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Buffalo is five points ahead of New Jersey (47-24-8) and Ottawa (47-24-8) in the conference. The Sabres trail Detroit (48-19-12) by one point in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, awarded to the team that finishes the regular season with the most points.

Buffalo has four games left, one more than Detroit.

Thomas Vanek (39 goals) and Daniel Briere (61 assists) lead the attack for the Sabres. The two scored a goal apiece in a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

The Penguins, who have already clinched their first playoff berth in six years, enter this game one point behind the Devils for the Atlantic Division lead. Sidney Crosby leads the NHL with 117 points, nine of which have been recorded in the last four games.

Pittsburgh has won the last two matchups with Buffalo after losing the season series opener on November 17. Crosby had a goal and two assists in the last meeting on March 13, scoring the deciding goal in a shootout victory.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1 2 4
    PITTSBURGH 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DMITRI KALININ 7 (TEPPO NUMMINEN, JOCHEN HECHT) 10:59
    PIT - MARK RECCHI 23 (JORDAN STAAL, EVGENI MALKIN) 12:01
    2ND PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 18 (DREW STAFFORD, THOMAS VANEK) 2:10
    3RD PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 40 (DREW

    Apr 3 9:36 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 4
    PITTSBURGH 1
    3RD PRD: BUF - JASON POMINVILLE 33 (JOCHEN HECHT, DANIEL BRIERE) 5:38

    Sabres vs. PenguinsApr 3 9:10 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 3
    PITTSBURGH 1
    3RD PRD: BUF - THOMAS VANEK 40 (DREW STAFFORD, DANIEL BRIERE) 4:32

    Sabres vs. PenguinsApr 3 9:09 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1 2
    PITTSBURGH 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DMITRI KALININ 7 (TEPPO NUMMINEN, JOCHEN HECHT) 10:59
    PIT - MARK RECCHI 23 (JORDAN STAAL, EVGENI MALKIN) 12:01
    2ND PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 18 (DREW STAFFORD, THOMAS VANEK) 2:10
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1S

    Apr 3 8:44 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 2
    PITTSBURGH 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 18 (DREW STAFFORD, THOMAS VANEK) 2:10

    Sabres vs. PenguinsApr 3 8:11 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - DMITRI KALININ 7 (TEPPO NUMMINEN, JOCHEN HECHT) 10:59
    PIT - MARK RECCHI 23 (JORDAN STAAL, EVGENI MALKIN) 12:01
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUF 10

    Apr 3 7:49 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    PITTSBURGH 1
    1ST PRD: PIT - MARK RECCHI 23 (JORDAN STAAL, EVGENI MALKIN) 12:01

    Sabres vs. PenguinsApr 3 7:35 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    PITTSBURGH 0
    1ST PRD: BUF - DMITRI KALININ 7 (TEPPO NUMMINEN) 10:59

    Sabres vs. PenguinsApr 3 7:29 PM