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The Pittsburgh Penguins made it four in a row on Saturday as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 at the PPG Paints Arena.
It was the second game of a back-to-back, home and home series with the Sabres after the Penguins had won 4-0 in Buffalo on Friday.
Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby were all on target for the hosts who have moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets and just one adrift of the New Jersey Devils.
Five points separate the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers in sixth place in what is easily the most competitive Division in the league.
The Rangers follow the Sabres into Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the second contest of a five-game home stand that will also include visits from the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche.
Down at the foot of the Division the Philadelphia Flyers continue to struggle, losing 3-0 to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Philadelphia has lost 10 in a row, but somewhat remarkably have picked up five points during that stretch forcing overtime against the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, twice against the New York Islanders, and once against the Penguins.
Saturday that didn't seem on the cards against the Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center with Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand all lighting the lamp for Boston.
Monday the Flyers open a Northwest swing when they play the Flames in Calgary before traveling on to match up with the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.
The Penguins are 6.00 to win the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay Lightning 3.75 and the Washington Capitals priced at 7.50.
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