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Penguins 5 – Sabres 1

— The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-10-3, 33 pts) continued their winning ways with a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres (6-17-4, 16 pts) on Saturday night, completing a sweep of the home-and-home series —

Scoring Summary

1st Period
18:44 Evgeni Malkin (8)
Assists: Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta

2nd Period
5:36 Carl Hagelin (2)
Assists: Bryan Rust, Riley Sheahan
19:00 Patric Hornqvist (10, PPG)
Assists: Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang

3rd Period
BUF 11:18 Jason Pominville (7)
Assists: Jack Eichel, Evander Kane
13:14 Phil Kessel (12)
Assist: Evgeni Malkin
PIT 18:58 Sidney Crosby (12)
Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Kris Letang

.937 Penguins netminder Tristan Jarry stoned the Sabres again and stopped 32 of 33 shots as Jarry almost became the Penguins first rookie goaltender to post consecutive shutouts. Jason Pominville ruined Jarry’s shutout bid at 11:18 of the third period. Jarry is 4-0-0 on the season in six appearances with a 1.99 GAA and .937 save percentage.

“He was real solid,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said of Jarry. “We have high expectations of him.”

20: Carl Hagelin actually scored a goal and it was a beauty. Hagelin’s second period marker off a strong forecheck from Riley Sheahan was his first goal in 20 games, last goal on Oct 17 vs the New York Rangers.

— 10: Patric Hornqvist’s power play goal in the third period was his 10th goal in 25 games and in a contract year has 18 points in 25 games. Hornqvist is currently scoring at a 32 goal pace over a full season.

— 65%: Sidney Crosby had a goal, assist in the win and was especially strong in the faceoff circle, winning 17 of 26 draws, including 7 for 9 on offensive zone draws.

33: Phil Kessel scored his 12th goal of the season and had 5 shots on goal in the win. Kessel with 12 goals and 19 assists on the season, is currently 4th in the NHL in scoring, 5 points behind Nikita Kucherov.

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