NHL ROUNDUP Wednesday’s games
Penguins 5, Flyers 2
Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby had three assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division with a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Phil Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won three straight. Pittsburgh moved one point ahead of idle Washington and three in front of third-place Philadelphia. Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek had goals for the Flyers. The teams combined for six goals in an electrifying second period. Kessel, playing in his 900th NHL game, opened the scoring with 1:25 left in the first period on the power play on assists from Malkin and Crosby.
Flames 5, Sabres 1
Sam Bennett and Mark Jankowski scored three minutes apart in the first period and the Calgary Flames snapped a four-game skid with a win over the Buffalo Sabres. Calgary improved to 1-3-1 in its last five games to gain ground in the tightly contested Western Conference playoff race. Mark Giordano also had a goal and assist, while Sean Monahan and Dougie Hamilton also scored. The Flames won at Buffalo for just the second time in 14 trips (2-8-3 and a tie), and first time in regulation since a 3-1 win on March 15, 1996. Rookie David Rittich stopped 25 shots before having his first career shutout bid spoiled when Casey Nelson scored with 18 seconds remaining.