BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabers scored five goals in the third period and handed the Pittsburgh Penguins their sixth straight loss, 6-3 at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.
Buffalo trailed 2-1 entering the third before Tag Thompson, Victor Olofsson Y Alex Touch each scored within a span of 7:13.
Olofsson scored twice, Thompson had a goal and an assist, and Owen Power, Rasmus Dahlin Y Jeff Skinner each had two assists for the Sabers (7-3-0), who have won three in a row. eric comrie he made 18 saves.
“We know they have a lot of skilled players,” Tuch said. “… We didn’t get depressed, we didn’t slump and go out there and try to respond right away. We were able to have a big win from behind there, and it showed a lot.” of guts in this room.
“Honestly, it took all of us. We all pushed and it started with ‘Coms’ at the net and he went from there. So a lot of guys stepped up in that third period and we responded well.”
Video: PIT@BUF: Olofsson scores in the 3rd half
Yevgeny Malkin had two assists and casey smith made 27 saves for the Penguins (4-5-2), who are 0-5-1 during the streak and have held a multi-goal lead in the third in each of the past two games, including a loss by 6-5 in overtime against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
“You have to build [confidence]”Pittsburgh captain sidney crosby said. “There’s no secret. In a situation like this, it all comes down to finding your way and being determined. It’s work and finding your way out of it. We can’t just sit back and feel sorry for ourselves.”
jason sugar gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in a 2-on-1 at 6:28 of the first period after receiving a pass from Malkin in the right circle on faceoff.
joseph archibald scored for the second straight game when he buried a transmission from ryan poehling at the side of the net in another 2-1 to make it 2-0 at 5:50 in the second half.
JJ Peterka cut to 2-1 at 18:51 after taking a pass from Power mid-wall and skidding to the top of the right circle.
Jake Guentzel restored the two-goal lead on a power play eight seconds into the third when kris letang he sent it on a breakaway with a stretched pass from inside the Penguins blue line to make it 3-1.
“In that first part of the game, I think we did a good job of just creating offense out of defense,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We had several 2-on-1, odd-man runs just defending hard and making good calls, winning the wall battles, putting pucks behind their defenses and going into foot races. And then I thought about the third period or the In the second part of the game, we just didn’t do a good job of beating the pressure on the walls and recognizing danger and making simple plays.”
Video: PIT@BUF: Guentzel scores PPG in 3rd quarter
Thompson cut it to 3-2 with a stopwatch from left circle on the power play at 3:21. Olofsson was discovered and tied it 3-3 from the right circle at 6:29 on a false pass from Power that froze DeSmith.
“Like everyone else, I thought I was going to shoot at first,” Olofsson said. “But I was ready for it. It was a good fake pass and a fake shot and an amazing pass.”
Tuch drove to the net and redirected a Thompson pass to give Buffalo a 4-3 lead at 10:34.
“Giving up the goal immediately to drop two goals, we hadn’t had a good night up to that point, and then we responded,” Sabers coach Don Granato said. “So, it’s a testament to the will and determination of the group. But I think they also know and we know their identity, and we knew we weren’t messing with it up to that point. I think the collective feels like it goes into the third ( was), ‘We’re going to get to that, and we’re going to upload it.
kyle okpo (18:24) and Olofsson (19:53) each scored an empty goal for the final 6-3.
It was the first time the Sabers had scored five goals in the third period of a game since a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Dec. 26, 2015.
“[The mood in the room is] what you would expect from a team that has lost a couple of leads on consecutive nights and hasn’t won in six,” Crosby said. “I mean, it’s not a great feeling and we have to find a way to get out of it.”
Video: PIT@BUF: Tuch gives Sabers the lead in 3rd period
GRADES: Crosby, Guentzel and onwards bryan rust they were each minus-4. … Letang had an assist, but went minus-3 in 23:24 of frozen time after missing Tuesday’s game due to illness. … DeSmith played his 100th game in the NHL. … Pittsburgh played without a striker Jeff Carter, who is day to day with a lower train injury. … Thompson is the first Sabers skater since Maxim Afinogenov in 2006-07 and the 10th in their history with 10 or more points in a three-game span. Only Pat LaFontaine had more points in three games (13 from October 23-30, 1992) than Thompson’s 11 (six goals, five assists). … Power was plus-3 and had four shots on goal in 23:51, and Dahlin had a game-high five shots on goal and four blocks in 29:25.
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