Recap: Penguins 4, Sabres 3
Penguins 4, Sabres 3: Defenseman Paul Martin scored to snap a tie with 2:04 remaining in the third period and captain Sidney Crosby collected a goal and two assists for his fifth three-point effort in February as visiting Pittsburgh won its third straight game.
Pascal Dupuis had two goals and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 30 shots for the Penguins, who improved to 8-2-0 on the road.
Thomas Vanek netted a 5-on-3 power-play goal to seize the NHL lead with his 12th tally this season. Cody Hodgson scored for the second straight contest, Steve Ott also tallied and Ryan Miller finished with 31 saves as the Sabres failed in their bid to win back-to-back home games.
After Miller denied James Neal with a brilliant glove save with 3 1/2 minutes to play, Martin gave Pittsburgh a 4-3 lead with his first goal since the season opener. The defenseman wired a shot from the point which caromed off Buffalo blue-liner Christian Ehrhoff's stick and past a screened Miller, who didn't react until after the puck entered the net.
Dupuis opened the scoring by redirecting defenseman Brooks Orpik's point shot just 35 seconds into the game. He then leveled the contest at 3-3 at 7:06 of the third period by one-timing defenseman Kris Letang's brilliant backhanded centering feed past Miller for his seventh goal - and fifth in seven games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead after tucking a loose puck inside the right post for a power-play goal. The tally gave Crosby at least one point in 14 consecutive contests versus Buffalo and allowed the Penguins to net a power-play goal for the eighth straight game. ... Vanek, who had been held off the scoresheet in three consecutive games, moved past Neal and John Tavares (New York Islanders) for the NHL lead in goals. ... Pittsburgh has scored first in all 10 road contests this season.
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