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BUFFALO Aleksander Barkov Jersey , N.Y. (AP) With Sidney Crosby at the very top of his game, the Pittsburgh Penguins are peaking at the right time.Crosby contributed two assists and Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Pittsburgh had three goals on the power play, dominating with the man advantage.Brian Dumoulin, Patric Hornqvist, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who have won six of seven and sit third in the Metropolitan Division.Crosby helped open the scoring with a highlight-reel pass 6:40 into the second period. With Guentzel stationed in front of the Buffalo net, Guentzel fed Crosby inside the right circle. Crosby then fired cross-ice to Kessel inside the left circle, and he had an open net for his 24th goal of the season.Crosby has 19 points in his last 10 games and he continued his dominant play against the Sabres. For his career, the star center has 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) in 39 games versus Buffalo.I find myself saying the same thing hes just such a great player Evgenii Dadonov Jersey Kids , hes such an accomplished player, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. This is his favorite time of year and hes shown an ability to elevate his game when the stakes are the highest, and he plays his best on the biggest stage and hes done it time and time again. It doesnt surprise me that hes at the top of his game.Hes such a big part of this team and the success that its had over the years and we rely on him so much.Casey DeSmith, making his first start since Feb. 21, made 26 saves for his fourth career shutout.The teams been playing awesome, obviously, and then they didnt do anything different tonight, DeSmith said. They were great again. It was definitely a team shutout, team win.On the other end of the spectrum, the Sabres reached yet another low in what has become another trying campaign. Buffalo matched a franchise record with three consecutive shutout losses. It happened for the first time last season during a three-game stretch that concluded with a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh. The Sabres lost 2-0 at home to Dallas on Tuesday following a 3-0 defeat in Colorado on Saturday.Any time that you put on an NHL sweater http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com/authentic-adidas-james-reimer-jersey , you put on the Sabres sweater, you better play with some pride. Otherwise you shouldnt be here, said Sabres forward Kyle Okposo, punctuating his frustration with a profanity. I dont believe that weve lost that. And if guys have, they shouldnt be here. I dont know what else to say.Carter Hutton stopped 21 shots for the Sabres.We have our opportunities to tie the game up, get it within one on power plays, and thats just where were at right now as a team, Buffalo coach Phil Housley said. Were squeezing it.Dumoulin made it 2-0 with 4:53 remaining in the second. Evgeni Malkin neatly curled behind the Buffalo net before spotting Dumoulin creeping up ice. His wrist shot beat Hutton to the glove side.Just a great pass by Geno, Dumoulin said. He found me coming down to the slot. Hes such a great player, put it in my wheelhouse.Another power-play goal gave Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead before the end of the second. A deflected pass from Kessel found Hornqvist in front Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey , and the veteran buried a backhand for his 17th goal of the season.I think when were playing our best hockey its really hard to stop us out there. We move the puck really quick, Hornqvist said of Pittsburghs power play. When those kind of players get that kind of time, thats when they can do that and right now its clicking for us.Bjugstad made it 4-0 following a bad turnover by Sabres defenseman Matt Hunwick midway through the third period.Guentzel made it 5-0 on the power play with 1:58 remaining.NOTES: Sabres C Jack Eichel missed his second game due to a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head on Colorado forward Carl Soderberg. Eichel is Buffalos leading scorer with 72 points (25 goals, 47 assists). D Zach Bogosian (upper body), D Jake McCabe (upper body) and C Zemgus Girgensons were scratched for Buffalo. D Kris Letang (upper body), D Chad Ruhwedel (upper body), RW Bryan Rust, D Jusso Riikola and C Zach Aston-Reese (lower body) were scratched for Pittsburgh.UP NEXTPenguins: Home against Philadelphia on Sunday.Sabres: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. After five years back home in Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to resume his Stanley Cup chase with the Los Angeles Kings.The high-scoring forward agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings on Saturday Womens Jared McCann Jersey , choosing Los Angeles over several interested teams for his return to the NHL.The 35-year-old Kovalchuk scored 816 points in 816 career games for the Atlanta Thrashers and the New Jersey Devils before leaving North America in 2013 for the Kontinental Hockey Leagues SKA St. Petersburg. He led the KHL in scoring last season, and he was the MVP of the Olympic tournament in Pyeongchang while propelling the Olympic Athletes from Russia to a gold medal.He gives us an added element of skill and scoring, along with a desire to win, Kings general manager Rob Blake said.Boston and San Jose were among the suitors for Kovalchuk, but the Kings made a top-dollar offer to add him to a lineup that could use another dependable goal-scorer. Kovalchuk is likely to be particularly important on the power play for the Kings, who ranked in the middle of the NHL standings in most team scoring categories.Kovalchuk was the first Russian to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft when Atlanta chose him in 2001. He quickly became one of the NHLs most consistent scorers with his wicked shot and hockey sense. He spent nearly eight years with the Thrashers and 3 seasons with the Devils, who acquired him in a trade in February 2010.Kovalchuk will forever be the top scorer in the history of the Thrashers, who moved to Winnipeg one season after trading him to New Jersey. He shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHLs top goal-scorer in 2004 with Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla, yet his 41 goals that season were only the fifth-best total during a career in which he posted a pair of 52-goal seasons for the Thrashers.Kovalchuk had little playoff success in his NHL career until 2012, when he reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Devils after leading the Eastern Conference playoffs in scoring. New Jersey lost the Final in six games to the Kings Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey , with Kovalchuk scoring only one empty-net goal in the series.The Kings and Kovalchuk have had mutual interest for many years. Los Angeles pursued him in free agency in 2010 before Kovalchuk got a massive contract to stay with the Devils.Just three seasons into a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey, Kovalchuk abruptly left the NHL for St. Petersburg amid complaints about North American taxes and the distance from his family. Kovalchuk and his wife have four children.He won two KHL championships with St. Petersburg, and he scored 141 points in 113 games over the past two seasons against the KHLs lesser competition. Kovalchuk became a five-time Olympian in February, when he scored five goals in six games for the Russians in the watered-down Pyeongchang tournament, which included no current NHL players.

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