Pittsburgh • Brandon Sutter tapped the puck with his stick and saw the NHL’s leading scorer streaking to the net more than ready to play the hero.
Instead, the typically deferential Pittsburgh Penguins center decided to fire it himself. The result provided the biggest moment of the season for Sutter and his red-hot team.
Sutter’s wrist shot slipped past Boston’s Anton Khudobin with 2:03 remaining to cap a furious third-period rally as Pittsburgh slipped by the Bruins 3-2 on Tuesday night for its sixth straight win. Sutter had already tied the game at 2 a few minutes earlier and found himself in nearly the exact same spot on the ice following a Boston turnover that allowed Sutter and superstar teammate Sidney Crosby to break in two-on-one.
Crosby had his stick in the air ready to fire but the pass never came. Instead the puck zipped past Khudobin and into the net for Sutter’s eighth goal of the year.
"It’s read and react, it happens pretty quick," Sutter said. "But I think Sid will be all right for a day. I don’t think he’s too worried about it."
After the Bruins put the clamps on the NHL’s top offense for most of the game’s first 50 minutes, Crosby was simply happy for to survive.
"I think we just believed if we kept going we were eventually going to get it in," Crosby said. "It seemed like it took forever ... but that’s a big win for us."
Sabres 3, Rangers 1 • At Buffalo, N.Y., Marcus Foligno scored twice and backup goalie Jhonas Enroth made 18 of his 32 saves in the third period of Buffalo’s win over New York. Enroth, who started because Ryan Miller was sidelined because of a sinus infection, earned his first victory since a 5-1 win over Washington on Nov. 26, 2011.
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