BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins began the
2005-06 season with the hope of contending for a Stanley Cup
Championship. Still in search of their first win, the Penguins
will now have to contend without starting goaltender Jocelyn
After finishing with the league's worst record in 2003-04,
Pittsburgh took major steps towards putting together a winner
for this season. The team drafted Crosby with the first overall
selection in the 2005 draft and signed Ziggy Palffy, John
LeClair and Sergei Gonchar.
Despite all the marquee additions, the Penguins have struggled
defensively early on this season. Pittsburgh has surrendered 14
goals over its first three contests and squandered a two-tally
lead in the third period of Saturday's 7-6 loss to Boston.
The Penguins received more bad news on Sunday, as Thibault was
placed on injured reserve with a severely bruised knee.
Acquired in an offseason deal with the Chicago Blackhawks,
Thibault is out indefinitely after being hit in the knee with a
shot during Saturday's morning skate.
To provide Sebastien Caron - who has started in net in each of
Pittsburgh's last two games - some help, the Penguins recalled
Marc-Andre Fleury from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American
Fleury, who became just the second goalie selected first overall
in 2003, appeared in 21 games for the Penguins in 2003-04,
going 4-14-2 with one shutout and a 3.64 GAA.
Meanwhile, Buffalo hopes to rebound from a 5-0 shutout defeat at
Ottawa on Saturday. The Sabres had looked impressive in each
of their previous two contests, posting wins over the New York
Islanders and the Bruins.
Maxim Afinogenov has gotten off to a hot start for the Sabres,
scoring three goals in his first three contests.