Series (Game 1 of 2)

Buffalo leads 2-0

Game 1: Friday, September 28th
Game 2: Saturday, September 29th

Sabres 6

(3-2-0, 6 pts)

Penguins 5

(1-2-2, 4 pts)

7:30 PM ET, September 28, 2007

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
BUF 2 1 36
PIT 1 2 25

D. Roy (C):

S. Crosby (C):

E. Malkin (C):

Sabres 6, Penguins 5

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Derek Roy's second goal of the game with 28 seconds left lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-5 exhibition win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

Sidney Crosby scored two power-play goals and had an assist for the Penguins.

Buffalo improved to 3-2-0 and Pittsburgh fell to 1-2-2 in the preseason.

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin had an apparent tying-goal waved off when referees ruled that time had expired.

Buffalo's Thomas Vanek opened the scoring with his second goal of the preseason 1:26 into the first period.

Buffalo goaltender Jocelyn Thibault stopped Malkin on a penalty-shot attempt at 3:46. Thibault spent the past two seasons in Pittsburgh before signing with the Sabres this summer to back up Ryan Miller.

The Sabres extended their lead to 2-0 on defenseman Brian Campbell goal at 12:50.

Crosby brought the Penguins to 2-1 at 15:34 when he converted a bad bounce off Thibault following Malkin's attempted pass into his second preseason goal.

Jordan Staal scored his first goal of the preseason at 5:37 of the second period, cramming home a feed from left wing Mark Recchi to pull Pittsburgh even, 2-2. Crosby was credited with a secondary assist.

Crosby put the Penguins ahead, 3-2, at 5:37 of the second with his second power-play goal. Buffalo defenseman Hernik Tallinder answered barely over a minute later to tie the score.

Ryan Malone beat Thibault at 2:32 of the third period for his second goal of the preseason to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead. However, Buffalo tied the score at 4-all at 6:19 when center Roy scored his fourth exhibition goal.

Erik Christensen, who tied for the NHL lead with eight shootout goals last season, beat Thibault on a breakaway at 8:59 of the third period to give the Penguins a brief advantage at 5-4. Buffalo's Marek Zagrapen evened the score at 16:35.

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