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Crosby, Penguins look to snap out of funk against Sabres

Pittsburgh (17-11-4) at Buffalo (16-13-4), 7:00 p.m. EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The struggles of the Pittsburgh

Penguins and Sidney Crosby have become synonymous.

Mired in a month-long slump, the floundering Penguins and their

captain hope to turn their fortunes around when they visit the

Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Pittsburgh has gone 3-5-1 in December, and Crosby has not

tallied since recording a hat trick in a 4-1 win over the New

Jersey Devils on November 29.

His current nine-game drought is the longest of his career.

Crosby, who eclipsed Jaromir Jagr's record for most votes ever

received by one player in one season in the history of NHL

All-Star Game fan balloting, has 12 assists in that span,


Pittsburgh is coming off a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs

on Saturday.

Buffalo has alternated wins and losses for the last five

contests after posting a three-game winning streak.

Despite their mediocre stretch, the Sabres have been sparked by

the play of goaltender Ryan Miller.

The former Michigan State standout and 2001 Hobey Baker Award

winner posted a 40-save shutout in a 5-0 win over the Los

Angeles Kings on Friday and turned aside 42 shots in a 4-3

overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens the following evening.

Center Derek Roy is enjoying a nine-game points streak - the

longest of any Sabres player this season.


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