|1||6:27||Evgeni Malkin (7)||Kasperi Kapanen (11)||---|
|1||6:54||Tage Thompson (1)||Kyle Okposo (3)||Cody Eakin (3)|
|2||3:24||Brandon Tanev (6)||Teddy Blueger (10)||Mike Matheson (3)|
|2||8:46||Victor Olofsson (8)||Riley Sheahan (2)||Eric Staal (7)|
|2||11:36||PPG||Jake Guentzel (9)||Sidney Crosby (16)||Evgeni Malkin (14)|
|3||2:43||Anthony Angello (1)||---||---|
|3||18:45||Bryan Rust (9)||Tristan Jarry (3)||---|
Thursday night’s game ended much like the past few for the Buffalo Sabres, a 5-2 loss, this time to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sabres have now lost nine straight games, seven straight at home and have given up a total of 38 goals in those nine losses.
Evgeni Malkin put Pittsburgh on the board first at 6:27. 27 seconds later, Buffalo tied the game.
After being scratched for 10 out of the last 11 games, Tage Thompson scored his first goal of the season on a wraparound. Thompson’s last goal was recorded January 29, 2019 and he missed the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury on November 17, 2019.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 12, 2021
The Penguins took the lead early in the second period with a backhanded goal at 3:24 from Brandon Tanev. Over five minutes later, Buffalo tied it up with a goal from Victor Olofsson— his eighth of the season, off a pass from teammate Riley Sheahan, who recorded his 100th career assist. The tie was broken on the power play by Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel.
Johansson left the net for Buffalo with about 2 minutes left. Bryan Rust took advantage of that, making it 5-2 with an empty net goal with 1:15 left in the game. Johansson allowed four goals on 26 shots and is now 0-4-1 on the season. The Sabres continued their decline in shots on goal with 23 shots, multiple of those hit the goal post.
This was Buffalo’s second game without Captain Jack Eichel, who is out at least 7-10 days with an upper body injury.