Penguins forward Dominik Kahun was scratched for Saturday's contest against the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena. A great game by Carter Hutton to control the pace and "Monster" Jack Eichel netting two goals on the power play, including the game victor, were key contributors to this win. In 26 games this season, he has an 11-10-4 record along with a 3.24 goals against average, an.894 save percentage and two shutouts. Jack Eichel led the way with two goals. Malkin retrieved the puck, cut to the slot in between three Sabres and snapped the puck into the goal blocker side.
Skinner scored his first goal since December 2nd and Eichel added his second power play goal to finish off the scoring for the Sabres and give Buffalo a 5-2 win.
Buffalo is back on the ice Sunday at the KeyBank Center for a 3 p.m. faceoff with the Winnipeg Jets. "If we aren't, we're going to be in for a long game against that team". That seemed to demoralize the team a little bit as they were flat the rest of the game.
"We have to win games", forward Kyle Okposo said.
When the Penguins scored about halfway through the game, the Sabres barely flinched.
Buffalo Sabres Looking to Extend Recent Success vs. PenguinsBuffalo saw their three-game win streak come to an end as they were unable to slow down the Senators once Ottawa got started. "I don't think there's one certain team that I do good or bad against". Winger Sam Reinhart followed at 6:48, intercepting a pass intended for Crosby before zooming in and beating goalie Tristan Jarry. Montour made it a 2-0 game with his second of the game and fifth of the year at 10:12 off assists from Rasmus Ristolainen and Victor Olofsson.
A frustrated Sullivan called timeout in an effort to get his team to collect itself, but the Penguins never really threatened to get back in the game. Tom Wilson responded for Washington just 2:32 later, and Alex Ovechkin would tie the game at two just before the five-minute mark of the 3rd period with career goal #700.
Bogosian's exit from Buffalo was an emotional one. The 29-year-old needs to sign with a team by Monday's trade deadline to be eligible to play in the postseason.
The precise reason for Riikola's scratch is not known but it could be a coach's decision.
Come Sunday afternoon, their Penguins will be in a sea of red in Washington in Chapter 2 of four showdowns with the Capitals.