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Malkin leads Penguins past Sabres

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin scored his fourth goal of the season on a power play, Jeff Zatkoff made 50 saves in his season debut and the Penguins beat the Sabres 4-3 on Thursday night.

New Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma coached his first game in Pittsburgh since the Penguins fired him after the 2013-14 season.

Pascal Dupuis, Patric Hornqvist and Ben Lovejoy each scored his first of the season for Pittsburgh. The Penguins earned their third straight victory, sixth win in seven games and seventh straight over Buffalo.

Malkin has four goals and nine points in his past seven games.

Sidney Crosby had two assists, his first points in three games. Crosby is off to the worst start of his career and went without a point in eight of the team's first nine games.

Pittsburgh's power play, the worst in the league, scored its third of the season in 32 chances, breaking an 0-for-11 slump.

Jamie McGinn, Nicolas Deslauriers and Matt Moulson scored for Buffalo.

Game highlights: Ron Hainsey scored at 2:21 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the host Islanders. … Travis Zajac scored twice and the Devils won their fourth straight on the road, 4-1 over the Flyers.

Around the league: Jaromir Jagr was questionable for the Panthers tonight against the Bruins. Jagr, 43, left Tuesday's game because of what he said was pain in his ribs that led to painful breathing. Coach Gerard Gallant said Jagr has a groin/hip issue. … Defenseman Slava Voynov, who won two Stanley Cups with the Kings, will resume his career in the KHL after serving jail time in California on a domestic violence charge. Voynov was suspended for the final 76 games of the last NHL season after his arrest. He returned to Russia after serving two months in jail and time in immigration custody this year.

at Penguins 2 2 0 4
Sabres 2 0 1 3

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Dupuis 1 (Crosby, Lovejoy), :56. 2, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 1 (Crosby, Maatta), 7:16. 3, Buffalo, McGinn 2 (Schaller, Ristolainen), 14:25. 4, Buffalo, Deslauriers 2 (R.O'Reilly, Ristolainen), 16:40. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period5, Pittsburgh, Lovejoy 1 (Malkin), 8:18. 6, Pittsburgh, Malkin 4 (Hornqvist, Kessel), 14:57 (pp). PenaltiesLovejoy, Pit (hooking), 6:06; Weber, Buf (tripping), 14:08.

Third Period7, Buffalo, Moulson 3 (R.O'Reilly, Legwand), 17:34. PenaltiesLetang, Pit (delay of game), 18:09. Shots on GoalBuffalo 11-18-24—53. Pittsburgh 11-14-4—29. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 2; Pittsburgh 1 of 1. GoaliesBuffalo, Johnson 3-6-0 (29 shots-25 saves). Pittsburgh, Zatkoff 1-0-0 (53-50).

Devils 0 1 3 4
at Flyers 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesPhiladelphia bench, served by B.Schenn (too many men), 6:10; Greene, NJ (hooking), 11:38; VandeVelde, Phi (high-sticking), 17:06.

Second Period1, Philadelphia, L.Schenn 1, 15:04. 2, New Jersey, Zajac 3 (Palmieri, Josefson), 18:12 (pp). PenaltiesSchultz, Phi (hooking), 9:39; Laughton, Phi (interference), 17:33; Merrill, NJ (hooking), 19:12.

Third Period3, New Jersey, Palmieri 3, 1:28. 4, New Jersey, Zajac 4 (Palmieri, Gelinas), 2:32 (pp). 5, New Jersey, Greene 1, 19:53 (en). PenaltiesPhiladelphia bench, served by B.Schenn (too many men), 2:16. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 13-10-10—33. Philadelphia 7-12-9—28. PP opportunitiesNew Jersey 2 of 5; Philadelphia 0 of 2. GoaliesNew Jersey, Schneider 5-2-1 (28 shots-27 saves). Philadelphia, Mason 2-3-2 (32-29).

Hurricanes 1 0 1 1 3
at Islanders 1 1 0 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Martin 1 (Leddy, Cizikas), 8:56. 2, Carolina, McGinn 2 (McClement, Gerbe), 15:00. PenaltiesGerbe, Car (hooking), 18:08.

Second Period3, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 4 (Leddy, Greiss), 12:50 (pp). PenaltiesTerry, Car (high-sticking), 12:22; Hamonic, NYI (tripping), 13:47.

Third Period4, Carolina, Terry 2 (J.Staal, E.Staal), 14:56. PenaltiesTavares, NYI (hooking), 1:36.

OT5, Carolina, Hainsey 2, 2:21. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalCarolina 4-8-13-4—29. N.Y. Islanders 8-6-4-1—19. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 2; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 2. GoaliesCarolina, Lack 1-2-0 (19 shots-17 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Greiss 3-0-2 (29-26).

Malkin leads Penguins past Sabres 10/29/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:31pm]
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