Penguins use special teams to defeat Sabres 5-0

Buffalo gets shut out for the third consecutive game

Pat Malacaro
March 14, 2019 - 7:08 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports

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The Buffalo Sabres' goal drought extended through its third straight game as the team was defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 on Thursday night at KeyBank Center.

Marcus Pettersson was called for the game's first penalty more than halfway through the opening frame. The defenseman was whistled for cross checking. The Penguins were able to kill off the penalty and keep the game scoreless.

Carter Hutton made nine saves in the first period to keep Pittsburgh from scoring. Casey DeSmith got the start in goal for the Penguins and stopped all seven of Buffalo's shots on goal as well.

The Sabres' first penalty of the night came five minutes into the second period when Casey Nelson served an interference minor. The Penguins were able to capitalize on the man advantage thanks to tic-tac-toe passing in the offensive zone.

Phil Kessel completed the play on a one-time feed in the slot to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. Jake Guentzel made the first pass to Sidney Crosby, who fed the puck across the ice to Kessel for the goal. Both Crosby and Guentzel were credited with the assists. 

Buffalo once again failed to take advantage of a 5-on-4 power play chance when the Penguins were penalized. Teddy Blueger was called for interference to give the blue and gold the opportunity.

Blueger would atone for the minor by setting a screen in front of the net that resulted in a 2-0 Penguins lead late in the second period. Brian Dumoulin scored his third goal of the season after the screen was set and Evgeni Malkin made a pass from near the face-off dot to Hutton's left. 

Pittsburgh's second power play goal of the period extended Buffalo's deficit to three goals, 3-0, with about three minutes to go in the period. Patric Hornqvist was able to use a backhand shot and put the puck into the top corner of the net while Marco Scandella was in the penalty box for hooking. Kessel and Crosby assisted on the goal.

Nick Bjugstad helped Pittsburgh open up a 4-0 lead midway through the third period with his 11th goal of the season. It was an unassisted goal for Bjugstad, as he recorded his 200th career NHL point on the goal. 

Another power play goal for the visitors put the Sabres down five goals, 5-0. Rasmus Dahlin was serving a slashing minor when Guentzel recorded his 36th goal of the season. The game's final goal was assisted by Zach Trotman and Bjugstad.
 

GAME SUMMARY


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
PIT: NONE

Second Period:

BUF: NONE
PIT: 6:40 - Phil Kessel (24) PPG (Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel); 15:07 - Brian Dumoulin (3) (Evgeni Malkin, Teddy Blueger); 17:08 - Patric Hornqvist (17) PPG (Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby)

Third Period:

BUF: NONE
PIT: 10:07 - Nick Bjugstad (11) (unassisted); 18:02 - Jake Guentzel (36) PPG (Zach Trotman, Nick Bjugstad)

 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
PIT: 10:47 - Marcus Pettersson (Cross Checking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 4:55 - Casey Nelson (Interference - 2 min.); 16:25 - Marco Scandella (Hooking - 2 min.)
PIT: 8:45 - Teddy Blueger (Interference - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 11:57 - Johan Larsson (Roughing - 2 min.); 13:41 - Jeff Skinner (Hooking - 2 min.); 16:37 - Rasmus Dahlin (Slashing - 2 min.)
PIT: 11:57 - Evgeni Malkin (Roughing - 2 min.)


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 26 (7, 12, 7) 
PIT: 27 (9, 7, 10)
 

Goalies:

BUF: Carter Hutton - 22 saves
PIT: Casey DeSmith - 26 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)
PIT: 3 for 4 (75%)


Three Stars:

  1. Casey DeSmith - PIT
  2. Phil Kessel - PIT
  3. Sidney Crosby - PIT
     

What's Next:

The blue and gold head back out onto the road to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at seven o'clock on Saturday night on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol starts at 6 p.m.

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