Sabres Blow 3-0 Lead, Then Beat Penguins, 6-3

From Associated Press

The Buffalo Sabres came out playing like the Pittsburgh Penguins and finished up beating them.

Buffalo's continuous tale of two teams surfaced in the third period, when it blew a three-goal lead against the Penguins, regrouped, and scored three more in a 6-3 victory over the Northeast Division leaders at Buffalo.

"This team is funny," Sabre forward Randy Burridge said. "If we come prepared, we're not that bad of a hockey team."

Mario Lemieux was held without a point for only the fifth time in 49 games this season. Jaromir Jagr had two assists, but he also had four penalties after getting frustrated by Buffalo's tight checking.

"We could never get any rhythm going," Pittsburgh coach Ed Johnston said.


At Winnipeg, Alex Mogilny scored twice and Tim Hunter had the winner as Vancouver reached the .500 mark with a 5-3 victory over Winnipeg at Winnipeg. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Jets as they struggle with the Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. . . . At Toronto, Brian Bellows' goal 1:42 into overtime gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. Toronto was unbeaten in 22 previous overtime games (4-0-18) since a March 28, 1994, defeat in Vancouver. . . . At Hartford, Sami Kapanen scored two third-period goals as the Whalers rallied for a 5-3 victory over Montreal. . . . At East Rutherford, N.J., Scott Mellanby and Stu Barnes scored 1:25 apart in the second period and Mark Fitzpatrick had 30 saves as Florida defeated New Jersey, 4-1.

NHL Notes

Toronto's Tie Domi escaped suspension but was fined $1,000 for high-sticking Detroit star Sergei Fedorov on Sunday. . . . Pittsburgh rookie defenseman Stefan Bergkvist underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday in Buffalo and will be out indefinitely.

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