BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Derek Roy scored twice and added an assist for the Buffalo Sabres, who snapped a four-game skid with a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
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Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists, while Ryan Miller made 22 saves, including stopping Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin on breakaway attempts in the second period. Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo (25-27-7), which improved to 1-3-1 in its past five, and moved out of a tie with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference.
Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal scored for the Penguins, who dropped to 4-2-1 in their past seven and failed to build off a 6-4 win at Philadelphia a day earlier. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on the 12 shots he faced after taking over for Brent Johnson, who allowed three goals on 12 shots.
Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said after the game "I thought we just kept coming. I know we made some mistakes, we got some great saves out of Ryan but from a skating and moving the puck standpoint and doing a good job against their top line." Ruff said of Roy's game "that was the Derek Roy of old." Roy told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "its not satisfying at all if I don't continue making plays and helping my team win hockey games. The two goals are for my team to win hockey games not for myself. Its not good if you scored three points in one game and don't score for five so I gotta keep this run going, keep our line working hard for each otherand keep winning hockey games."
Captain Jason Pominville knows this season the Sabres have been very inconsistent but said afterward that when the Sabres do things the right way they can be a good team. "When we put our heads into it, when we put our work and play the way we're supposed to we're a pretty good team."
The Sabres are home Tuesday night against the New York Islanders.