PITTSBURGH -- So guess who got a bigger ovation from the Pittsburgh fans when the Sabres and Penguins took the ice for the pregame skate -- Sidney Crosby or Ryan Miller?
Kudos if you guessed Miller.
The fans who filed into Mellon Arena early tonight cheered loudly for the Sabres' goaltender when he came out of the dressing room tunnel. I'm guessing it will be even louder should the Penguins honor the Olympians before the game, which I've heard they will.
The Sabres, meanwhile, will do a video montage of all their Olympians prior to Wednesday's game against Washington in HSBC Arena. Miller is expected to start the game after giving way to Patrick Lalime tonight.
Fair warning for all of you who follow the action live here on the blog: It may stop at some point for a while. I'm scheduled to chat with Darcy Regier about Wednesday's trade deadline whenever he gets off the phone, and in addition to transcribing the quotes and writing that story, there's also the game story and a front-page story on Miller. Not whining, just saying.
Miller and the Sabres just left the ice, and the fans near the Sabres' dressing room saluted Miller with a standing ovation. More when the game starts.
7:30 p.m.: Just talked with Regier, so there will be no updates for a while. The Sabres' GM told me he is not close to any trades at the moment. He said most players being offered are rentals, a route he previously said he is hesitant to go. Regier also said he would not weaken his team by ridding himself of rentals -- such as Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman -- just for the sake of moving players. Check back later for more.
7:49 p.m.: One quick thing as the Sabres and Pens go about seven minutes without a stoppage: This would be one heck of a playoff series.
7:57 p.m.: It's 0-0 with 7:16 left. Penguins have six shots and 150 straight sellouts, while the Sabres have three shots.
8:02 p.m.: Sergei Gonchar scores with Tim Kennedy in the penalty box with 5:02 left. The low slap shot from the point was Gonchar's 200th NHL goal.
8:11 p.m.: End of first period, Pittsburgh has 1-0 lead and 14-9 shot edge. Sabres will have power-play time of 1:06 when the second period starts.
8:33 p.m.: Penguins take a 2-0 lead with 16:47 gone. Pascal Dupuis is left alone after the passing the puck and buries the return feed from Ruslan Fedotenko.
8:39 p.m.: Sabres cut the Pens' lead to 2-1 on a goal by Toni Lydman with 13:16 left. The defenseman buries Patrick Kaleta's drop pass with a slap shot to the gloveside of Brent Johnson.
8:45 p.m.: Here's a link to Regier's comments.
8:49 p.m.: Every time the Pens refer to Crosby's Olympic game-winner on the scoreboard, fans boos. Miller got way more cheers in the pregame spotlight ceremony than Crosby, who got a bit of a mixed reaction for winning gold.
9:01 p.m.: End of two, it's Penguins holding a 2-1 lead and 21-15 shot edge.
9:20 p.m.: Thomas Vanek takes a hooking penalty just 1:13 in.
9:28 p.m.: Paul Gaustad on losing end of fight with Mike Rupp with 13:52 to go, heads to dressing room cradling his right arm.
9:45 p.m.: Derek Roy answers Ruslan Fedotenko's goal with 5:39 left to cut the Sabres' deficit to 3-2. Fedotenko scored after a Buffalo icing with 8:57 to go.
9:54 p.m.: Penguins win, 3-2.