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Jussi Jokinen, James Neal, Evgeni Malkin
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jussi Jokinen (36), of Finland, and James Neal (18) celebrate a goal by Evgeni Malkin, center, of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Crosby, Malkin Lead the Way; Pens Trounce Sabres 5-1



Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist during the Penguins' 5-1 rout over the Sabres at First Niagara Center on Wednesday. Drew Stafford scored the lone goal for Buffalo. Head inside for more.

The Sabres grabbed the early 1-0 lead on a Stafford goal, his ninth of the season. After Tyler Ennis' wraparound attempt was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury, Stafford was there to jam home the loose puck, putting Buffalo ahead at 5:58 of the opening period. Harry Zolnierczyk tied it at 15:01, beating Mike Weber and snapping a shot past Miller. Crosby got the play started in the corner, working the puck away from Stafford and out to Adams, who then whipped a pass toward Zolnierczyk in front of the crease. The assist extended Crosby's point streak against the Sabres to 17 straight games.

Zolnierczyk scored after being shaken up earlier in the period following a Steve Ott hit. The physical play continued later when John Scott and Deryk Engelland went at it right off a faceoff, capped by a stiff right from Scott.

Crosby put Pittsburgh ahead with a sparkling power play goal at 2:08 of the second. The Penguins captain sliced through Mike Weber and Brian Flynn, wristing a beautiful shot into the top corner of the net. Pittsburgh went up by two goals later in the second thanks solely to Malkin. The Pens' forward stole the puck near his own blue line, bulled his way past Jamie McBain and put a nifty deke on Miller for the 3-1 lead.

Brian Gibbons made it 4-1 in the third immediately off a faceoff to Miller's left. Brandon Sutter won the draw and Gibbons snuck in from the right wing, blasting a shot into the Buffalo net. James Neal poured it on later in the third with his 19th, putting Pittsburgh up 5-1. Malkin dropped a pass behind him for Neal who then sidestepped his way into the slot before ripping a shot past Miller.

The Buffalo netminder stopped 29 shots in the loss compared to 24 for Fleury. The Sabres visit the Senators on Thursday for their final game before the Olympic break. Hear the play by play of Buffalo and Ottawa on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period
Goals

5:58 - BUF - Drew Stafford (9) (Tyler Ennis)
15:01 - PIT - Harry Zolnierczyk (2) (Craig Adams, Sidney Crosby)

Penalties
3:14 - BUF - Alexander Sulzer (2 min., tripping)
12:17 - BUF - John Scott (5 min., fighting)
12:17 - PIT - Deryk Engelland (5 min., fighting)
17:38 - PIT - Matt Niskanen (2 min., high sticking)

2nd Period
Goals

2:08 - PIT - Sidney Crosby (PPG) (28) (Matt Niskanen)
17:48 - PIT - Evgeni Malkin (17) (Unassisted)

Penalties
1:41 - BUF - Jamie McBain (2 min., tripping)
4:08 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., holding)
19:24 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)
19:24 - PIT - Tanner Glass (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)

3rd Period
Goals

5:22 - PIT - Brian Gibbons (4) (Brandon Sutter)
12:12 - PIT - James Neal (19) (Evgeni Malkin, Brooks Orpik)

Penalties
19:13 - BUF - Matt Ellis (2 min., boarding)

Goaltending
PIT - Marc-Andre Fleury (24 saves, 25 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (29 saves, 34 shots)

Power Plays
PIT - 1 of 4
BUF - 0 of 1

Three Stars
1.) PIT - Sidney Crosby (1 G, 1 A)
2.) PIT - Evgeni Malkin (1 G, 1 A)
3.) PIT - Paul Martin (0 G, 0 A)


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