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Penguins go for sweep of injury-riddled Sabres

Mar 12, 2008 - 2:15 PM Buffalo (32-27-11) at Pittsburgh (39-24-7) 7:30 pm EDT

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - The Pittsburgh Penguins look to complete a season sweep of the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

The Penguins come in having won three of their last four games, including Sunday's 4-2 victory at Washington.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 3-1-0 in four starts since returning from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for almost three months. Ty Conklin won all three games against Buffalo in Fleury's absence, posting a 0.65 goals-against average.

Pittsburgh will again be without the services of right wing Marian Hossa due to a sprained knee.

Hossa, who was acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline, is not expected to play until Sunday at the earliest. Center Maxime Talbot (ankle) and right wing Petr Sykora (back) are also unavailable.

The news continues to get worse on the injury front for Buffalo. The Sabres, now in ninth place in the East thanks to their current 1-3-2 stretch, have lost defensemen Jaroslav Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin for a significant period of time due to injuries suffered in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers.

The situation could force Buffalo to use right wing Jason Pominville, the team's leading scorer, on occasional shifts on defense. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who missed the last three games due to a shoulder injury, is expected to play.

"Our identity's going to have to be the underdog category now, and battle through adversity," Sabres' coach Lindy Ruff said.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0 3 3
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 4 7 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 9 (PASCAL DUPUIS) 3:30
    2ND PRD: PIT - JEFF TAFFE 5 (DARRYL SYDOR, KRISTOPHER LETANG) 6:35
    PIT - (PP) SERGEI GONCHAR 11 (RYAN WHITNEY, PETR SYKORA)
    18:08
    3RD PRD: PIT - (PP) DARRYL SYDOR 2 (EVGENI

    Mar 12 10:13 PM


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    BUFFALO 3
    PITTSBURGH 7
    3RD PRD: PIT - KRISTOPHER LETANG 6 (TYLER KENNEDY, PASCAL DUPUIS)
    13:23

    Sabres 3, Penguins 7  3rd - 6:37Mar 12 10:05 PM


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    BUFFALO 3
    PITTSBURGH 6
    3RD PRD: BUF - DANIEL PAILLE 16 (STEVE BERNIER) 10:49

    Sabres 3, Penguins 6  3rd - 9:11Mar 12 9:55 PM


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    BUFFALO 2
    PITTSBURGH 6
    3RD PRD: PIT - CHRIS MINARD 1 (JORDAN STAAL, RYAN STONE) 10:03

    Sabres 2, Penguins 6  3rd - 9:57Mar 12 9:52 PM


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    BUFFALO 2
    PITTSBURGH 5
    3RD PRD: PIT - (PP) EVGENI MALKIN 39 (DARRYL SYDOR, TYLER KENNEDY)
    8:56

    Sabres 2, Penguins 5  3rd - 11:04Mar 12 9:49 PM


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    BUFFALO 2
    PITTSBURGH 4
    3RD PRD: BUF - (SH) DANIEL PAILLE 15 (DEREK ROY, HENRIK TALLINDER)
    5:11

    Sabres 2, Penguins 4  3rd - 14:49Mar 12 9:41 PM


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    BUFFALO 1
    PITTSBURGH 4
    3RD PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 18 (MAXIM AFINOGENOV) 3:02

    Sabres 1, Penguins 4  3rd - 16:58Mar 12 9:36 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    PITTSBURGH 4
    3RD PRD: PIT - (PP) DARRYL SYDOR 2 (EVGENI MALKIN, SERGEI GONCHAR)
    0:56

    Sabres 0, Penguins 4  3rd - 19:04Mar 12 9:32 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0 0
    PITTSBURGH 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 9 (PASCAL DUPUIS) 3:30
    2ND PRD: PIT - JEFF TAFFE 5 (DARRYL SYDOR, KRISTOPHER LETANG) 6:35
    PIT - (PP) SERGEI GONCHAR 11 (RYAN WHITNEY, PETR SYKORA)
    18:08
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND

    Mar 12 9:11 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    PITTSBURGH 3
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SERGEI GONCHAR 11 (RYAN WHITNEY, PETR SYKORA)
    18:08

    Sabres 0, Penguins 3  2nd - 1:52Mar 12 9:07 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    PITTSBURGH 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - JEFF TAFFE 5 (DARRYL SYDOR, KRISTOPHER LETANG) 6:35

    Sabres 0, Penguins 2  2nd - 13:25Mar 12 8:46 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 9 (PASCAL DUPUIS) 3:30
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUF 9 9
    PIT 7 7
    GOALIES: BUF - RYAN MILLER
    PIT - TY CONKLIN

    Mar 12 8:15 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    PITTSBURGH 1
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 9 (PASCAL DUPUIS) 3:30

    Sabres 0, Penguins 1  1st - 16:30Mar 12 7:45 PM
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