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Crosby, Malkin lead Penguins against Sabres

Buffalo (12-11-3) at Pittsburgh (15-7-4), 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' high-scoring duo

of captain Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin once again will be

the focal point against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Crosby is currently on a six-game point streak and has 40 on the

season - second to Malkin's league-leading 43 points. No other

player has more than 35.

The 21-year-old Crosby has six goals and eight points over his

current streak, but the Penguins have posted just three wins

over that stretch (3-2-1).

Malkin had a goal and set up another Saturday, but Pittsburgh

still suffered a 3-2 setback to the Ottawa Senators. The

Penguins, however, have not lost back-to-back games since

October.

The Sabres have struggled offensively this season, producing

just 70 goals despite Thomas Vanek being tied for the league

lead with 19.

Vanek scored again Saturday as Buffalo finally found some

offense, pulling out a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Sabres had scored just three goals in their previous three

contests - all losses.

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