Sidney Crosby loses teeth, drops jaws as Penguins clinch playoff berth

Sidney Crosby loses teeth, drops jaws as Penguins clinch playoff berth”

Nick Bonino scored the go-ahead goal with 5:29 left and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their 11th straight playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. The first period really showed the best and worst of him, and the National Hockey League would be better off if their best player would score more wonder goals like this and commit less heinous acts. And perhaps the more interesting play occurred minutes earlier, on a no-call, when Crosby gave a friendly tap to Ryan O'Reilly's midsection during the middle of a play.

Before the game was over, Crosby would have a couple of teeth removed against his will as a high stick from Evander Kane would do the damage. "It's an unfortunate hit".

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - A pair of goals just a few ticks of the clock apart snapped a second-period tie and helped Minnesota beat San Jose to end a season-worst five-game losing skid. Join the Sabre Noise team! Lehner stopped three breakaways in the first two periods.

Whatever goodwill he lost with that little play came right back when he scored the goal of the season minutes later.

Ristolainen was issued a five-minute major for interference and ejected from the game.

Sheary put a shot on Lehner from the left wing on the rush which bounced out front. I don't think it was an intentionally dirty play - I assume Risto thought Guentzel would have the puck - but you have to make sure the guy you are hitting is actually in possession of the biscuit when you decide to lower the boom.

Pittsburgh improved to 11-0-1 over Buffalo in a string dating to April 23, 2013. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 40 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 39 assists and Phil Kessel has 197 shots on goal. "It's pretty special to see".

The Sabres answered Crosby's goal early in the third period on a rebound from Sam Reinhart, who pocketed his seventeenth goal of the season.

NOTES: Bylsma said forwards Kyle Okposo (ribs) and William Carrier (knee) have resumed skating and have an opportunity to return within the next week. Reto Berra made 21 saves in his first start since being recalled from the minors March 3.

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