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Crosby leads Pens past Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sidney Crosby still has Ryan Miller's number.

Crosby, who won the 2010 Olympic gold medal for Canada with an overtime goal against Miller, scored a highlight-reel, go-ahead goal in the Penguins' 5-1 victory over Miller's Sabres on Wednesday night.

That was fine with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, for now. "I was cheering the goal this time," said Bylsma, who will coach Miller on the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, Russia, when the tournament begins next week.

Crosby, Canada's Olympic captain, scored on a power play 2:08 into the second period to put the Penguins up 2-1. After goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Buffalo's Brian Flynn, Crosby circled his net and skated up the left wing. Accepting Matt Niskanen's pass while crossing the center line, Crosby didn't break stride in cutting between Flynn and Mike Weber. He then drove toward the net and snapped a shot just inside the top right corner.

"(Miller) made some big saves," Crosby said. "Can't blame him. He held his team in it. And we scored some nice goals."

Sabres coach Ted Nolan had his goalie's back: "That had nothing to do with Ryan. … We had a couple of guys no-show."

More Sabres: GM Tim Murray said he has spoken with teams interested in trading for Miller, who can be a free agent after the season. "I'm willing to listen on every single player," he told Buffalo radio station WGR-AM.

Around the league: Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, out the past 14 games with a knee injury, practiced on a regular line and hoped to return tonight against the Panthers.

Penguins 1 2 2 5
at Sabres 1 0 0 1

First1, Buf, Stafford 9 (Ennis), 5:58. 2, Pitts, Zolnierczyk 2 (Adams, Crosby), 15:01. PenaltiesSulzer, Buf (tripping), 3:14; Engelland, Pit, major (fighting), 12:17; Scott, Buf, major (fighting), 12:17; Niskanen, Pit (high-sticking), 17:38.

Second3, Pitts, Crosby 28 (Niskanen), 2:08 (pp). 4, Pitts, Malkin 17, 17:48. PenaltiesMcBain, Buf (tripping), 1:41; Weber, Buf (holding stick), 4:08; Glass, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:24; Scott, Buf (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:24.

Third5, Pitts, Gibbons 4 (Sutter), 5:22. 6, Pitts, Neal 19 (Malkin, Orpik), 12:12. PenaltiesEllis, Buf (boarding), 19:13. SOGPitts 13-15-6—34. Buf 11-9-5—25. PP oppsPitts 1 of 4; Buf 0 of 1. GoaliesPitts, Fleury 31-13-1 (25 shots-24 saves). Buf, Miller 14-22-3 (34-29).

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