BUFFALO NEW YORK – Sidney Crosby still has Ryan Miller’s number after scoring a highlight-reel go-ahead goal in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
That’s fine with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, so long as that trend doesn’t continue once the Winter Games open next week.
“I was cheering the goal this time,” said Bylsma, who will be switching hats in Sochi, where he will be coaching Miller on the U.S. team. “It did dawn on me as Sid was going in and he scores that goal.”
Crosby, Canada’s captain, had a goal and assist in a pre-Olympic tuneup in which the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins (40-15-2) set a franchise record by reaching 40 wins in 57 games. That eclipsed the previous mark of 40 wins in 65 games in 1995-96.
Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Brian Gibbons and minor-league call-up Harry Zolnierczyk also scored in a game the Penguins overcame a 1-0 deficit.
Blackhawks 2, Ducks 0
In Anaheim, Corey Crawford made 29 saves in his first shutout of the season, and Chicago pulled within one point of the Ducks for the overall NHL lead with a victory over the Ducks.
Sharks 2, Stars 1 (OT)
In San Jose, Tommy Wingels scored with 3:08 remaining in overtime to lead the Sharks over Dallas for their second win in six games.