Penguins rally past Sabres for OT win
PITTSBURGH -- Conor Sheary scored his second goal of the game 16 seconds into overtime Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins continued their domination of the Buffalo Sabres with a 5-4 win at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins (10-7-3) have a 13-game point streak against the Sabres (5-19-4), who have not won against Pittsburgh since April 23, 2013.
Buffalo's Jack Eichel and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby ended goal droughts.
Eichel, who gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead in the second, had gone eight games with scoring.
Crosby, whose goal forged a 3-3 tie in the second, had gone 11 games. Crosby also set up Sheary's winner.
Phil Kessel tied it at 4 at 13:49 of the third period for Pittsburgh, which improved to 6-0-1 at home.
Patrick Hornqvist had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, and Kessel had two points. Kris Letang got the secondary assist on the winner for his 400th career point.
Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists for the Sabres. Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot also scored.
Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray made 28 saves. Buffalo's Robin Lehner stopped 40 shots.
Buffalo took a 1-0 lead at 3:45 of the first period when Kane converted a pass from Eichel during a two-on-one, lifting the puck over Murray's right pad.
Reinhart pushed that to 2-0 at 16:53 of the first during a Sabres power play. Marco Scandella's slap shot from the center point slammed off the end boards and out to Reinhart in the low slot. He swatted the rebound past Murray.
Hornqvist cut the lead in half with 18.7 seconds left in the first period. From behind the Buffalo net, he banked the puck in off the ankle of the Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly. Riley Sheahan got the only assist, his 100th NHL point and his first point in 10 games.
Eichel's drought-busting goal came 16 seconds into the second period for a 3-1 Sabres lead. Behind the Pittsburgh net, there was a miscommunication and Crosby's drop pass was picked up by Eichel, who deftly tucked the puck inside the left post on his backhand.
Sheary brought the Penguins within 3-2 at 4:28 of the second. He and Hornqvist were on a tight two-on-none, with Sheary one-timing Hornqvist's pass under Lehner's right pad.
Crosby ended his slump and tied it with a power-play goal at 17:15 of the second period with an easy roof shot when Phil Kessel's shot left a rebound behind Lehner. Kessel extended his point streak to five games.
The Sabres regained the lead at 4-3 with 6.7 seconds left in the second period with another power-play goal. Reinhart, from behind the net, fed Pouliot, who moved across the top of the slot and lifted the puck past Murray.
Kessel scored for the fourth straight game, one-timing a pass from Evgeni Malkin for a 4-4 tie at 13:49 of the third period.
NOTES: Buffalo D Marco Scandella, who missed practice Monday because of illness, was in the lineup. ... Buffalo F Justin Bailey was activated from IR and assigned to AHL Rochester after missing five games because of a lower-body injury. Coach Phil Housley said the idea is for Bailey to get his timing and confidence back. ... Pittsburgh D Matt Hunwick (concussion) missed his 14th game and has stopped skating after hitting what coach Mike Sullivan described as a plateau in his recovery.