Sidney Crosby had been getting his chances. They just weren’t going in the net.
That all changed against the Buffalo Sabres.
Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary’s game-winner 16 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night.
“You’re happy to see it go in the net,” Crosby said. “There’s a few more I probably could’ve had, but there were some good chances. As long as they’re there, hopefully they’ll start going in a little bit more.”
Crosby scored his sixth of the season, Sheary had a pair of goals and Patric Hornqvist added one for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel got his eighth of the season and has goals in four straight games. Kessel, the team’s leading scorer, has at least one point in five consecutive games — and 16 of 20 this season.
Matt Murray made 28 saves for the Penguins, who won their sixth in a row at home. Pittsburgh is 12-0-1 in its last 13 games against the Sabres, including seven straight wins at home.
Pittsburgh, which lost six of its previous eight games, played 13 of its first 19 on the road, including six back-to-backs, and is 4-7-2 away from home. The Penguins play 13 of their next 19 at home, where they have won six of their last seven.
“I thought it wasn’t the prettiest game,” Crosby said. “They’re pretty skilled and can generate a lot, but I thought we stuck with it.”
Sabres star Jack Eichel ended a scoring drought of his own with his fifth goal of the season. Sam Reinhart, Benoit Pouliot and Evander Kane also scored for Buffalo.
Kane has 10 goals in 18 games. He’s off to the best start of his career, topping his mark of 10 goals in 22 games during the 2011-12 season.
Robin Lehner made 40 saves for the Sabres, who lost for the sixth time in eight games and haven’t won in Pittsburgh since April 2, 2013.
“It’s frustrating, and we…