BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Tristan Jarry made 34 saves for his first career shutout, Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to five games and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 Friday night for their third straight victory.
Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Tom Kuhnhackl, Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist also scored in the first game of a home-and-home set.
Pittsburgh is 3-0-2 in games Jarry has started this season. No. 1 goaltender Matt Murray is week-to-week with a lower-body injury from Pittsburgh’s overtime win over Philadelphia on Monday night.
The Sabres have lost 10 of 11 and gone scoreless in three straight for the first time in franchise history. Robin Lehner stopped 21 shots.
The Penguins opened a 2-0 lead in the first 6:38 before the Sabres put a shot on net.
Kuhnhackl took a penalty shot after he stole the puck from Buffalo’s Victor Antipin and was interfered with on a breakaway. Kuhnhackl lifted a wrist shot over Lehner’s glove for his first goal of the season a little over three minutes in.
Crosby stole a pass from Rasmus Ristolainen and scored his 11th of the season from the high slot about three minutes later. Crosby has 11 points in his last five games and a goal in four straight.
Guentzel’s wraparound made it 3-0 late in the first. Guentzel has scored seven goals in his last seven games and has 12 on the season.
Conor Sheary set up Hornqvist for a one-timer in front of the net in the final minute of the second period.
NOTES: Penguins C Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup after missing four games (upper body injury) and had an assist on Guentzel’s goal. … Sabres D Zach Bogosian (lower body) made his season debut. … Buffalo made room for Bogosian in the lineup by sending D Matt Tennyson to the minors. … The Penguins are 13-0-1 in their last 14 games against the Sabres.
The teams play again Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
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