BUFFALO — Dustin Tokarski made 34 saves in his second start in as many days to help the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 at KeyBank Center on Sunday.
Sam Reinhart scored twice, and Victor Olofsson and Rasmus Dahlin each had two assists for the Sabres (12-26-7), who are 3-1-1 in their past five games.
Jason Zucker and Teddy Blueger scored, and Casey DeSmith made 25 saves for the Penguins (28-14-3), who had their five-game point streak end.
Arttu Ruotsalainen scored 26 seconds into the first period with a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Dylan Cozens on a 2-on-1 to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.
Reinhart made it 2-0 at 2:18 of the second period. Olofsson forced a turnover by Evan Rodrigues near the Penguins blue line and sent a cross-ice pass to Reinhart, who scored from the right circle.
Reinhart then extended the lead to 3-0 at 8:02 of the third period when he beat DeSmith glove side from the right circle on the power play.
Zucker cut it to 3-1 at 10:18 with a shot from the slot following a face-off win by Jeff Carter. The assist was Carter’s first point since being acquired by the Penguins in a trade with Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
Rasmus Asplund shot into an empty net to push the lead to 4-1 at 18:12.
Blueger scored with 24 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.