PITTSBURGH, March 12 (UPI) -- Tim Kennedy had a goal and an assist Wednesday as part of an offensive surge Pittsburgh rode to a 7-3 win over Buffalo.
The Penguins moved into a share of the lead with Montreal in the Eastern Conference by winning their fourth game out of five.
Seven different Pittsburgh players scored on a night that saw the Penguins have to get by again without Sidney Crosby. He missed 21 games with a sprained ankle before returning to the lineup March 4, but soreness in the ankle forced him to sit out Wednesday's game.
Chris Minard scored one of Pittsburgh's goals, the first tally of his NHL career. Ty Conklin got the win with 29 saves.
Two of Buffalo's goals came from Daniel Paille. The Sabres lost their fourth straight and their eighth in 10 games. Buffalo is four points out of playoff contention.