BUFFALO — Tristan Jarry made 27 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who held off the Buffalo Sabres for a 3-2 win at KeyBank Center on Saturday.
The loss eliminated the Sabres (11-26-7) from Stanley Cup Playoff contention.
Jared McCann, Evan Rodrigues and Bryan Rust scored for Pittsburgh (28-13-3), which is 4-0-1 in its past five games and moved one point ahead of the New York Islanders for second in the MassMutual East Division.
Tage Thompson and Casey Mittelstadt scored, and Dustin Tokarski made 38 saves for Buffalo.
McCann put the Penguins ahead 1-0 at 10:30 of the first period when he got the rebound of Mike Matheson‘s shot and scored from below the goal line.
Rodrigues made it 2-0 at 5:57 of the second period. Teddy Blueger intercepted a pass attempt by Dylan Cozens behind the net and sent the puck to Rodrigues in the bottom of the left circle.
Thompson picked up a loose puck and scored from the slot to cut it to 2-1 at 6:41, but Rust redirected a centering pass from Sidney Crosby at the top of the crease on the power play to push the lead to 3-1 at 12:15.
Mittelstadt got Buffalo to within 3-2 at 11:44 of the third period with a one-timer from the slot on the power play.
Sam Reinhart nearly tied it with 2:21 remaining in regulation, but his shot hit the post and Jarry was able to turn around and cover the puck in the crease.