PITTSBURGH 6 – BUFFALO 1
The NHL has not seen a team as bad as the Buffalo Sabres since expansion in the 1990’s with the Sharks and Senators. As expected Saturday night was a stats game for the Penguins.
The Penguins scored 1:21 into the first period and jumped on the Sabres scoring twice in the first 3:31 of the game, and the Penguins never took their foot off the pedal, en route to a 6-1 win over the Sabres to extend their winning streak to seven games.
“We didn’t want to give Buffalo any hope early, and I thought we took that away from them in the first 10 minutes,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said.
Sidney Crosby picked up five assists in the win, Kris Letang had a four point night with 2 goals and 2 assists. Patric Hornqvist also had 2 goals on the night and added an assist.
Evgeni Malkin and Robert Bortuzzo also scored in the win.
Crosby who has recorded a point in 19 consecutive games against the Sabres, leads the NHL in assists (17) and points (24). He had 21 points in his first 13 games last season.
Pittsburgh outshot Buffalo 39-21.
The Penguins (10-2-1, 21 pts) are tied the Lightning and Canadiens for the conference lead with 21 points.