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The Wraparound: Penguins 5, Sabres 4 (OT)

PITTSBURGH – The Sabres got rid of a few unsightly droughts. The big one remained.

Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart ended their goal-scoring slumps, but Buffalo still couldn't win in Pittsburgh. The Penguins rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits to pick up a 5-4 overtime victory Tuesday.

The Sabres have a seven-game slide in PPG Paints Arena. Overall, the Penguins are on a 12-0-1 run against Buffalo.

Conor Sheary scored just 16 seconds into the extra session, getting open in front and burying a pass from Sidney Crosby.

Tie it: The Penguins tied the game, 4-4, with just 6:11 to play. Evgeni Malkin controlled the puck deep in the Buffalo zone, then sent a cross-ice pass to Phil Kessel at the side of the net. The sniper went to one knee to bury his chance.

Split save: Robin Lehner made the save of the game with 5:02 left, but the Sabres' goaltender needed help afterward. Jake Guentzel fed a driving Bryan Rust in front, and Lehner did a full split while reaching out his glove to make the stop and keep it knotted.

The goalie was slow to get up and received attention from athletic trainer Rich Stinziano, but Lehner stayed in the game.

Kane keeps rolling: Evander Kane scored his 10th of the season with 3:45 gone, setting a personal milestone and giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead. The left winger pushed the puck to Eichel to start a two-on-one, then buried Eichel's pass at the top of the crease.

Kane reached double digits in goals in just 18 games, topping the 22 games it took him in 2011-12. Kane has three goals and eight points in his last four visits to Pittsburgh.

Crushed again: Washington's Tom Wilson lambasted Sam Reinhart on Friday. The Sabres forward took an even bigger hit against the Penguins. Pittsburgh defenseman Ian Cole caught Reinhart accepting a pass near center ice and delivered a crushing blow that loosened Reinhart's helmet and sent him to his backside.

To the rescue: Cole's hit drew a dual response. Eichel immediately dropped the gloves and engaged Cole. Kane literally beat Eichel to the punch, coming in with his gloves off, too. Cole, Eichel and Kane all received two minutes for roughing with 5:41 left in the first.

Eichel has not had a fight in the NHL.

Power play strikes: After getting blanked in 10 of 12 games, the Sabres' power play connected for the third straight game. Reinhart got his payback with 3:07 left in the first, making it 2-0.

A point shot by Buffalo defenseman Marco Scandella caromed off the back boards to the front, where Reinhart quickly slipped it past goaltender Matt Murray for his third of the season. He had gone 10 games without a goal.

Late mistake: Lehner made 14 saves in the first period, but his miscue with 18.7 seconds left allowed Pittsburgh to make it 2-1. The goalie went behind the net and passed the puck the wrong way, giving it to the Pens. While standing below the goal line, Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist banked the puck off Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly in front for an easy tally.

Sid to Jack: Eichel's scoring slump ended after eight games thanks to a beautiful pass from Sidney Crosby. The Pens' captain put a no-look pass onto Eichel's stick behind the Pittsburgh net, and Eichel scooted to the front to score with just 16 seconds gone in the second period.

Quick strike: With two passes, the Penguins moved from behind their own net to the Buffalo goal in about five seconds. Olli Maatta's outlet pass found a streaking Hornqvist behind the Sabres' defense at Buffalo's blue line. Sheary joined the rush and deposited Hornqvist's pass with 4:28 gone in the second, cutting the Penguins' deficit to 3-2.

Too much power: The Sabres, who ranked 30th in road penalty killing, stymied the Penguins during a five-on-three. But Buffalo kept taking penalties during the second, four in all, and Pittsburgh finally made the visitors pay.

Lehner stopped a shot by Phil Kessel, but Crosby roofed the rebound to end an 11-game drought. He has points in 25 of his last 27 games versus the Sabres.

Late magic: The Sabres went back in front, 4-3, with just 6.7 seconds left in the middle period. Benoit Pouliot jarred the puck loose in the corner, then accepted a pass from Reinhart while driving the net. Pouliot's backhand was his sixth goal in 10 games and stunned the fans.

From the Hall to the bench: The Penguins honored assistant coach Mark Recchi during the first commercial break for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Counting the house: The Penguins enjoyed their 491st straight sellout with 18,438 tickets sold on Military Appreciation Night. The Penguins play 10 of their next 13 at home.

Next: The Sabres will take Wednesday off to rest up for an arduous stretch of six games in nine days. The run starts with a visit to Detroit on Friday and a home game against Carolina on Saturday.

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