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Pittsburgh 8, Buffalo 4
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, May 6, 2021
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Referees: Dean Morton, Furman South
Linesmen: Kyle Flemington, Brad Kovachik
Attendance: 4672

Jeff Carter scored a career-high four goals Thursday as the Pittsburgh Penguins jumped back into first place in the East Division with an 8-4 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Jared McCann added a goal and two assists, Sidney Crosby and Kasperi Kapanen recorded a goal and an assist each, Brian Dumoulin scored, Frederick Gaudreau had three assists, and Kris Letang and Jason Zucker tallied two assists each for the Penguins (36-16-3, 75 points).

Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 19 saves.

Drake Caggiula scored twice, Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner each had a goal and assist, and Rasmus Ristolainen had two assists for the Sabres (15-33-7, 37 points).

Michael Houser, in his third career start, all this week, made 26 saves in his first loss.

Caggiula gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 2:45 of the first on a short-side from the left dot.

Pittsburgh tied it seven minutes after Carter got a shot behind Houser. Defenseman Ristolainen swiped the puck away and play continued. It took officials looking at replays to determine the puck had crossed the goal line at 9:57 of the first.

Carter struck again at 11:39 of the first on a power play, converting McCann's touch pass for a one-timer and a 2-1 Penguins lead.

At 3:32 of the second, Thompson scored off a cross-ice pass from Casey Mittelstadt for a 2-2 tie.

Carter notched his seventh career hat trick in the regular season at 4:36 of the second, off a rebound of Marcus Pettersson's shot. Carter also has two hat tricks in postseason play.

Buffalo scored its third goal on its eighth shot, at 5:13 of the second, to tie it once more on Caggiula's lofted shot.

After Crosby won a faceoff, Dumoulin scored from the left point for a 4-3 Pittsburgh lead at 6:26 of the second.

Just 49 seconds later McCann's rising shot from the top of the slot gave the Penguins a 5-3 edge.

Carter lifted a backhander past Houser's glove at 3:02 of the third to boost it to 6-3.

Crosby made it 7-3 when he redirected a shot by Letang at 6:25 of the third, and Skinner answered at 9:49 on the power play.

Kapanen pushed it to 8-4 at 13:05.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Buffalo   Pittsburgh
Drake Caggiula 2 Points Jeff Carter 4
Drake Caggiula 2 Goals Jeff Carter 4
Rasmus Ristolainen 2 Assists Frederick Gaudreau 3
Jeff Skinner 1 Power Play Goals Jeff Carter 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Michael Houser .765 Save Percentage Tristan Jarry .826
Michael Houser 26 Saves Tristan Jarry 19
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 23 4 1-2 0-1 2 24
Pittsburgh 34 8 1-1 1-2 4 26
Upcoming Games
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Buffalo. The Penguins have a W/L % of .629 after a win and .737 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Sabres have a W/L % of .200 after a win and .308 after a loss.