Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Buffalo leads 4-0

Game 1: Monday, October 10th
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OT
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Game 2: Tuesday, November 29th
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Game 3: Friday, December 16th
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OT
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Game 4: Saturday, December 17th
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Penguins 2

(0-1-3, 3 pts)

Sabres 3

(3-1-0, 6 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 10, 2005

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

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PIT 1 1 0 02
BUF 1 1 0 13

J. Hecht (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

P. Gaustad (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Fleury (Penguins - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .927

Pittsburgh (0-1-2) at Buffalo (2-1-0) 7:00 pm EDT

Pittsburgh (0-1-2) at Buffalo (2-1-0) 7:00 pm EDT

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 Thibault.

Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and the new-look Penguins look to bounce back from consecutive disappointing losses on Monday when they meet the Buffalo Sabres.

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 Hockey League.

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.

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