Sidney Crosby scored a highlight-reel goal and added an assist, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 victory over the Sabres in a pre-Olympic tuneup against goalie Ryan Miller on Wednesday night in Buffalo.
Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Brian Gibbons, and minor-league call-up Harry Zolnierczyk also scored for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots and the Penguins (40-15-2) set a franchise record by reaching 40 wins in 57 games. That eclipsed the previous mark of 40 wins in 65 games in 1995-96.
Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres, and US Olympic goalie Miller finished with 29 saves. Buffalo dropped to 4-9-4 in its past 17 and winless in its last eight home games (0-5-3) — its worst home stretch since opening the season 0-8-1. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.