Series (Game 2 of 4)

Buffalo leads 4-0

Game 1: Monday, October 10th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 29th
Game 3: Friday, December 16th
Game 4: Saturday, December 17th

Sabres 3

(15-9-1, 31 pts)

Penguins 2

(7-12-6, 20 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 29, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 1 13
PIT 1 0 12

M. Afinogenov (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Kotalik (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. LeClair (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Buffalo (14-9-1) at Pittsburgh (7-11-6) 7:30 pm EST

Buffalo (14-9-1) at Pittsburgh (7-11-6) 7:30 p.m. ET

PITTSBURGH ( news services) -- Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux might play for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they meet the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

The 40-year-old Lemieux, who is also the team's owner, sat out Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning with a stomach virus.

But Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said Monday that there's a chance Super Mario could play tonight.

"He's a little better. And he was feeling even better this afternoon," Olczyk told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Right now, he's day-to-day. Sometimes, when you try to work through those sort of things and get back to the level you're accustomed to, sometimes, you don't let yourself get back completely healthy. He's no different than any of us in that regard."

Lemieux has seven goals and 13 assists this season and needs 10 tallies to reach 700.

Rookie sensation Sidney Crosby sat out Monday's practice because of a sore foot, which he injured Friday against Florida.

Maxime Talbot scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who have lost three of their last four games and have surrendered a league-worst 103 goals.

Pittsburgh recalled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the top pick in the 2003 draft, from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Monday. He has a 1-1-1 record with a 3.40 goals-against average in four games with the Penguins this season.

Jason Pominville scored his first NHL goal and Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht also recorded tallies to lead Buffalo to its third straight win on Sunday, a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Hecht scored with 20 seconds remaining in overtime when the Sabres topped the Penguins, 3-2, in their last encounter on Oct. 10.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.