PITTSBURGH (WIVB) - For whatever reason, the Sabres seem to have the Penguins' number in Pittsburgh lately. Buffalo knocked off the top seed in the Eastern Conference again Tuesday night, winning 4-2.
Thomas Vanek scored his 19th goal of the season in the first period, but the Sabres' lead would be short-lived. Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz scored the equalizer just 20 seconds later.
That 1-1 tie would last into the third period, when Jochen Hecht found the net to re-take the lead. Pittsburgh would tie it again on Jarome Iginla's power play strike.
With 2:34 to go, Steve Ott batted the puck out of the air and into the net to give Buffalo the lead for good. Pittsburgh players were visibly upset with the goal call, but the call stood after a review.
Vanek would score his second of the night with a late empty-netter, clinching his 8th straight 20-goal season.
Ryan Miller made 40 saves in his first start since last Friday's rough performace.
The Sabres will finish the season on home ice this Friday night against the New York Islanders at 7pm.
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