Tim Connolly snaps third-period tie, nets winner for Buffalo in victory over Pittsburgh

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Tim Connolly broke a third-period tie, and Derek Roy and Dmitri Kalinin had a goal and an assist each to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

Connolly scored the winner with just under 6 minutes left, knocking a rebound past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury after Fleury stopped Kalinin’s shot from the left circle.

Jason Pominville also scored for the Sabres (4-2).

Maxime Talbot and Colby Armstrong each had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Gonchar also scored for the Penguins (1-3-2).

Roy entered with a NHL-leading 11 preseason points, and finished with 12 points in his last three preseason games.

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller made 14 saves.

The Penguins held out Sidney Crosby, who closed the preseason with seven points in three games. Mark Recchi, Petr Sykora and Gary Roberts also sat out.

Connolly and Kalinin, who have been bothered by groin injuries, both played in the preseason for the first time.

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Three Stars

  Three Stars
D. Kalinin
D. Kalinin
Sabres - D
Goals: 1
Assists: 1
M. Talbot
M. Talbot
Penguins - C
Goals: 1
Assists: 1
T. Connolly
T. Connolly
Sabres - C
Goals: 1
Assists: 0

Goaltending

Goalie Team Shot Save
Marc-Andre Fleury Pit 24 20
Ryan Miller Van 17 14

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