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Penguins rally for 5-4 OT win over Sabres

Penguins forward Conor Sheary nets a pair, including the game-winner in overtime

November 14, 2017 - 7:18 pm
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Conor Sheary scored twice on Tuesday, including the game-winner just 16 seconds into overtime, sending the Penguins to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Sabres. Buffalo held leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but couldn't hang on for the win. Robin Lehner stopped 40 shots in the loss.

The Sabres struck first on Evander Kane's 10th goal of the season. Kane finished off a 2-on-1 break with Jack Eichel 3:45 into the game. Sam Reinhart added to the lead, making it 2-0 with a power play goal later in the period. Reinhart, parked in front of the Pittsburgh net, put Marco Scandella's rebound home at 16:53 for his first goal since October 17. Patric Hornqvist cut the lead in half in the waning seconds of the first, banking a shot from behind the goal line off Ryan O'Reilly and into the net.

Eichel made it 3-1 just 16 seconds into the middle frame, tucking a backhand by Matt Murray for his fifth of the season and snapping an 8-game scoring drought in the process. Pittsburgh battled back on goals by Conor Sheary and Sidney Crosby, the latter coming with the man advantage. The goal marked Crosby's sixth of the season and first since October 20. Benoit Pouliot put Buffalo back in front with a power play goal with 6.7 seconds to play in the second, but Phil Kessel tied it up at 13:49 of the third.

Eichel and Kane also mixed it up in the opening period, confronting Ian Cole after the Pens defenseman laid out Sam Reinhart with an open-ice hit. Eichel, who dropped the gloves, ended up with a two-minute roughing minor as did Kane. Buffalo remains on the road Friday at Detroit for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.


Scoring Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 3:45 - Evander Kane (10) (Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart)

BUF: 16:53 - Sam Reinhart (3) (PPG) (Marco Scandella, Kyle Okposo)

PIT: 19:41 - Patric Hornqvist (6) (Riley Sheahan)


Second Period:

BUF: 0:16 - Jack Eichel (5) (Unassisted)

PIT: 4:28 - Conor Sheary (7) (Olli Maatta, Patric Hornqvist)

PIT: 17:15 - Sidney Crosby (6) (PPG) (Justin Schultz, Phil Kessel)

BUF: 19:53 - Benoit Pouliot (6) (PPG) (Sam Reinhart)


Third Period:

PIT: 13:49 - Phil Kessel (8) (Evgeni Malkin)


Overtime:

PIT: 0:16 - Conor Sheary (8) (Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang)


 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 5:55 - Kyle Okposo (2 min., slashing)

PIT: 14:19 - Ian Cole (2 min., roughing)

BUF: 14:19 - Evander Kane (2 min., roughing)

BUF: 14:19 - Jack Eichel (2 min., roughing)

PIT: 15:58 - Evgeni Malkin (2 min., tripping)
 

Second Period:

BUF: 8:56 - Matt Moulson (2 min., hooking)

BUF: 10:05 - Benoit Pouliot (2 min., cross checking)

BUF: 10:21 - Marco Scandella (2 min., slashing)

BUF: 10:21 - Patric Hornqvist (2 min., interference)

PIT: 13:17 - Kris Letang (2 min., tripping)

BUF: 16:21 - Nicholas Baptiste (2 min., slashing)

PIT: 18:38 - Ryan Reaves (2 min., elbowing)


Third Period:

NONE


Overtime:

NONE

 


Shots on Goal:

BUF - 32; PIT - 45
 

Goalies:

BUF: Lehner - 40 saves
PIT: Murray - 28 saves


Powerplays:

BUF: 2 for 3 (66.6%)
PIT: 1 for 5 (20%)
 

Three Stars:

  1. Conor Sheary - PIT
  2. Patric Hornqvist - PIT
  3. Sam Reinhart - BUF
     

What's Next:

The Sabres return home to get ready for a Friday matchup with the Detroit Red Wings at the new Little Caesars Arena. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with pre-game coverage on WGR starting at 6:30 p.m. with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog!

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