PITTSBURGH – The Buffalo Sabres needed only 14 seconds Saturday afternoon to silence the crowd in PPG Paints Arena.
The Sabres weren't done there, either. Zemgus Girgensons opened the scoring 14 seconds into the game and Buffalo pulled away for a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Sabres (28-25-8) have won four of their last five games and won both of their games in Pittsburgh, including a season-opening win Oct. 3. Jeff Skinner snapped his career-long 22-game goal drought by scoring 5:39 into the third period, his first goal since Dec. 2 and 12th in 51 games this season.
Jack Eichel also scored two goals, his 34th and 35th of the season, on the power play, and Sam Reinhart also scored in the first period. Carter Hutton made 41 saves against the Penguins (37-17-6), who received two goals from Evgeni Malkin.
14 seconds: Girgensons was left uncovered in front of the net to score his 11th goal of the season. Kyle Okposo found Girgensons on a centering pass from behind the net 14 seconds into the game.
Defense: Reinhart got a stick on Kris Letang's pass and knocked the puck out of the air before driving to the net for his 22nd goal of the season. Reinhart beat goalie Tristan Jarry with a shot over the blocker for a 2-0 lead at 3:55 into the game.
Timeout: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan called a timeout after Eichel gave the Sabres a 3-0 lead at 10:51 into the game. Pittsburgh gave Eichel plenty of time and space to fire a wrist shot from the left circle for his 34th goal of the season.
Skirmish: Colin Miller was penalized for roughing late in the first period after he shoved Patric Hornqvist to the ice, an action of retaliation after Hornqvist elbowed Marcus Johansson near the right-wing boards.
Momentum killer: Rather than gaining energy from a second period power-play, the Sabres lost momentum when they failed to record a shot on goal with Justin Schultz in the box for tripping Victor Olofsson.
Moments after the penalty expired, Henri Jokiharju committed a turnover in the defensive zone, and Malkin scored after cutting across the slot to create a shooting lane from the slot. The goal was Malkin's 19th of the season and 16th in 40 career games against the Sabres.
Better finish: Though the Sabres' lead was cut to two goals, they had a strong finish to the second period. Skinner had a shot on goal during a 2 on 1, and Conor Sheary's one-timer from the slot was stopped by Jarry. Entering Saturday, Buffalo was 21-1 when leading after the second period.
Slump ends: Skinner's scoring drought ended when he redirected a pass from Marcus Johansson past Jarry for a 4-1 lead in the third period.
Streak continues: With his primary assist on Eichel's second power-play goal, Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin extended his point streak to a career-high six games. He has at least one point in 14 of his last 17 games dating back to Jan. 4.
Lineup: Forward Evan Rodrigues and defenseman John Gilmour were healthy scratches for the Sabres. Winger Michael Frolik returned from an illness after missing the past two games.
Next: The Sabres host the Winnipeg Jets in KeyBank Center on Sunday at 3 p.m.