Eichel scores twice, Sabres races past sluggish Penguins 5-2

Eichel scores twice, Sabres races past sluggish Penguins 5-2
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jack Eichel scored twice and the Buffalo Sabres jumped on the Pittsburgh Penguins early in a 5-2 victory. Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart all beat Tristan Jarry during an early three-goal outburst. Connor Hutton turned away 41 shots as the Sabres earned just their second regulation victory in their last 20 meetings with Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin scored twice for the Penguins. But Pittsburgh has now dropped two straight since moving into first place in the Metropolitan Division earlier in the week.

Crosby has goal, 3 assists as Penguins beat Maple Leafs 5-2 and move into first place

Crosby has goal, 3 assists as Penguins beat Maple Leafs 5-2
DAN SCIFO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists, and Jason Zucker, Teddy Blueger and Anthony Angello also scored as Pittsburgh moved past Washington into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Tristan Jarry stopped 34 shots while picking up his 13th win in his last 17 games. Auston Matthews scored his 43rd goal for the Maple Leafs and Kyle Clifford scored his seventh of the season and first since he was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots for Toronto.

Zucker’s two goals help Penguins beat Canadiens 4-1

Zucker’s two goals help Penguins beat Canadiens 4-1
By DAN SCIFO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Newly-acquired Jason Zucker scored his first two goals with the Pittsburgh Penguins during a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Zucker scored his 15th and 16th of the season in a 1:42 span, with Montreal’s Tomas Tatar getting a goal in between. Zucker provided 2-0 and 3-1 leads and has nine goals in 12 career games against the Canadiens. Kris Letang scored a power-play goal against his hometown team and his 13th overall of the season, and Zach Aston-Reese added an empty-net goal. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had three assists. Tatar scored his 21st of the season for Montreal