Sheary pots win­ner as Pens stop Sabres

Boston Herald - - SCOREBOARD -

Sid­ney Crosby ended a long goal drought and as­sisted on Conor Sheary’s gamewin­ner 16 sec­onds into over­time as the Pen­guins de­feated the Buf­falo Sabres, 5-4, last night in Pitts­burgh.

Crosby scored his sixth of the sea­son, Sheary had a pair of goals and Patric Horn­qvist added one for Pitts­burgh. Phil Kes­sel got his eighth of the sea­son and has goals in four straight games. Kes­sel, the team’s lead­ing scorer, has at least one point in five straight games and 16of-20 games this sea­son.

Matt Mur­ray made 28 saves for the Pen­guins, who won their sixth in a row at home. Pitts­burgh is 12-0-1 in its past 13 games against the Sabres, in­clud­ing seven con­sec­u­tive wins at home.

Buf­falo’s Jack Eichel also ended a scor­ing drought with his fifth goal of the sea­son. Sam Rein­hart, Benoit Pouliot and Evan­der Kane also scored.

Robin Lehner made 40 saves for the Sabres, who lost for the sixth time in eight games and haven’t won in Pitts­burgh since April 2, 2013.

Crosby avoided match­ing the long­est goal drought of his ca­reer at 12 when he scored on the power play. He had just three as­sists since scor­ing four goals in three games last month.

Blue Jack­ets 2, Cana­di­ens 1 — Zach Weren­ski scored 1:09 into over­time, lift­ing vis­it­ing Colum­bus past Mon­treal.

Josh An­der­son had a goal 2:29 into the game for Colum­bus, and Sergei Bo­brovsky made 28 saves, al­low­ing only a goal to Paul By­ron in the third pe­riod.

Char­lie Lindgren, mak­ing his fifth con­sec­u­tive start for Mon­treal, stopped 23 shots.

Wild 3, Fly­ers 0 — In St. Paul, Minn., De­van Dub­nyk posted his third straight shutout with 30 saves and Nino Nieder­re­iter scored 12 sec­onds into the game as Min­nesota de­feated Philadel­phia.

Dub­nyk’s third shutout of the sea­son stretched his score­less streak to 195:05, the long­est streak in team his­tory.

Eric Staal and Ja­son Zucker each scored an empty-net goal for Min­nesota, which has won a sea­son-best three straight.

The Fly­ers were shut out for an NHL-high fifth time this sea­son.

Preda­tors 6, Cap­i­tals 3 — Mat­tias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an as­sist to lead streak­ing Nashville past vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton for its fifth straight vic­tory.

Craig Smith, Nick Bonino, Filip Fors­berg and Mi­ikka Salo­maki also scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves.

T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Chiasson also had a goal for Wash­ing­ton, which had won two con­sec­u­tive games.

Pan­thers 4, Stars 3 — In Sun­rise, Fla., Jonathan Hu­berdeau had two pow­er­play goals and Vin­cent Trocheck scored the win­ner in a shootout to lift Florida over Dal­las.

Alek­sander Barkov scored in reg­u­la­tion and the shootout for the Pan­thers. Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots.

Jamie Benn had two goals for Dal­las, and Remi Elie also scored. Kari Le­hto­nen made 26 saves in his first start in four games.

Jets 4, Coy­otes 1 — Con­nor Helle­buyck made 32 saves and host Win­nipeg Jets beat Ari­zona for the sec­ond time in four days.

The Coy­otes traded goal­tender Louis Domingue to Tampa Bay for for­ward Tye McGinn and goalie Michael Leighton.

Oil­ers 8, Golden Knights 2 — Ryan Nu­gent-Hop­kins and Con­nor McDavid each had two goals for host Ed­mon­ton in its vic­tory against Ve­gas.

The Oil­ers also ac­quired Mike Cammalleri from the Los An­ge­les Kings for Jussi Joki­nen. Cammalleri, 35, had three goals and four as­sists in 15 games. The 34-year-old Joki­nen has one as­sist in 14 games with Ed­mon­ton this sea­son.

Canucks 3, Kings 2 — Sven Baertschi’s power-play goal in the third pe­riod capped vis­it­ing Van­cou­ver’s come­back from a two-goal deficit to beat Los An­ge­les.

Tan­ner Pear­son and Anze Ko­pi­tar gave the Kings a 2-0 lead af­ter one, but Van­cou­ver got sec­ond-pe­riod goals from Hen­rik Sedin and Bo Hor­vat to pull even.


CEN­TER OF AT­TEN­TION: Conor Sheary (43) cel­e­brates with Sid­ney Crosby af­ter his over­time goal gave the Pen­guins a 5-4 vic­tory against Jack Eichel and the Sabres.

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