Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Kunitz tallied two goals and an
assist and Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out
the Buffalo Sabres, 5-0, on Saturday.
Evgeni Malkin finished with a goal and two assists, Blake Comeau and Patric
Hornqvist also scored and Sidney Crosby supplied three assists for Pittsburgh,
which cruised to its fourth straight victory.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 29-of-34 shots for the Sabres, who fell to 0-5-1 at home
Kunitz knocked home a rebound to open the scoring for Pittsburgh 4:26 into the
The Penguins added to their lead with 8:06 remaining in the second period.
Malkin dished the puck to Comeau, who drifted across the slot and sniped a
shot over Enroth’s glove for a 2-0 advantage.
After Buffalo was assessed a bench minor for too many men on the ice,
Pittsburgh made it a 3-0 game off a tic-tac-toe passing play. Malkin sent a
pass from the right circle down low to Kunitz. Hornqvist accepted a quick pass
to cap off the play with a one-timer in tight.
The Penguins scored twice on the power play during the third.
Kunitz tipped in Letang’s blast from the point on the power play 2:33 into the
frame and Malkin ripped a shot past Enroth with 6:49 remaining to account for
the final score.
Pittsburgh won its fourth straight game against Buffalo, outscoring the Sabres
16-2 in that span … Fraser registered his first career multi-point game …
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta played in his last game before he will undergo
surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck … Crosby extended his
point streak against Buffalo to 18 games and tied Martin Straka for 10th place
on the team’s all-time games played list with 560 … Buffalo has scored just
four goals in its last five games.