PITTSBURGH, PA (WKBW) - The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three goals on their first seven shots against Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres. They never looked back after that opening onslaught. Evgeni Malkin's hat trick helped Pittsburgh beat the Sabres 8-3 on Saturday night.
Miller, starting his second straight game on back-to-back nights, gave up goals to Jason Williams, Simon Despres, and Evgeni Malkin in game's first 9:43. Miller was then pulled in favor of goalie Jhonas Enroth.
Thomas Vanek scored for the Sabres to cut the Buffalo deficit to 3-1. However, Malkin notched his second goal of the evening to give the Pens a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Miller was back in the crease to start the second period. He allowed a power play goal to James Neal and an even-strength marker to Deryk Engelland.
The musical crease continued to start the third period. Enroth was back between the pipes for the final frame but it did not help much. After Luke Adam and Paul Gaustad scored to make it a 6-3 game, Malkin completed the hat trick before Chris Kunitz scored to give Pittsburgh their eighth goal of the night.
Sabres forwards Tyler Ennis and Colin Stuart both left the game with lower-body injuries.
The Sabres next visit Ottawa on Tuesday.