Pen­guins top Sabres in over­time

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nhl -

PITTS­BURGH — Sid­ney Crosby ended a long goal drought and as­sisted on Conor Sheary’s game-win­ner 16 sec­onds into over­time as the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins beat the Buf­falo Sabres 5-4 on Tues­day night.

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 16 of 20 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 last 13 games against the Sabres, in­clud­ing seven con­sec­u­tive wins at home.

Pitts­burgh, which lost six of its pre­vi­ous eight games, played 13 of its first 19 on the road, in­clud­ing six back-to­backs, and is 4-7-2 away from home. The Pen­guins play 13 of their next 19 at home, where they have won six of their last seven.

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

Mat­tias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an as­sist to lead the streak­ing Nashville Preda­tors past the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals for their fifth straight vic­tory. Craig Smith, Nick Bonino, Filip Fors­berg and Mi­ikka Salo­maki also scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves, and 12 play­ers had at least one point for the Preda­tors. Jonathan Hu­berdeau had two power-play goals and Vin­cent Trocheck scored the win­ner in a shootout to lift the Florida Pan­thers over the Dal­las Stars. Alek­sander Barkov scored in reg­u­la­tion and the shootout for the Pan­thers. Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots, plus two more in the tiebreaker. Jamie Benn had two goals for Dal­las, and Remi Elie also scored. Tyler Seguin had a goal in the shootout.

De­van Dub­nyk posted his third straight shutout with 30 saves and Nino Nieder­re­iter scored 12 sec­onds into the game for the Min­nesota Wild in a win against the Philadel­phia Fly­ers. Dub­nyk’s third shutout of the sea­son stretched his score­less streak to 195:05, break­ing his mark of 183:16 set last sea­son for the long­est in team his­tory. Dub­nyk has stopped the last 103 shots he’s faced.

Con­nor Helle­buyck made 32 saves and the Win­nipeg Jets de­feated Ari­zona for their sec­ond vic­tory over the strug­gling Coy­otes in four days. On a night when the Jets in­ducted Dale Haw­er­chuk into their Hall of Fame and lifted his No. 10 ban­ner to the rafters, the home team eas­ily han­dled the fran­chise that moved from Win­nipeg to Ari­zona 21 years ago.

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