Evgeni Malkin had his seventh career hat trick, and the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins peppered two Buffalo Sabres goalies in an 8-3 win on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
Jason Williams and Simon Despres both scored their first goal with Pittsburgh during the first seven minutes, and James Neal, Deryk Engelland, and Chris Kunitz added goals for the Penguins, who had lost four of five.
Elsewhere: Patrik Elias scored twice and the New Jersey Devils spoiled Randy Cunneyworth's NHL coaching debut with a 5-3 win over the host Montreal Canadiens. . . . Brad Richards scored the winning goal with 0.1 seconds left as the New York Rangers beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2. . . . Cody McLeod and Erik Johnson both scored their first goals of the season as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, for their fifth straight home victory. . . . The Vancouver Canucks wrapped up a long road trip with a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. . . . Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist to lead the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2. . . . Frans Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout, lifting the New York Islanders, 2-1, over the host Minnesota Wild. . . . David Legwand scored the only shootout goal as the host Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues, 2-1. . . . Cory Emmerton had two goals in the host Detroit Red Wings' 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. . . . Defenseman Zach Bogosian had a goal and two assists, and the host Jets were victorious in Teemu Selanne's return to Winnipeg with a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, out since Dec. 5 because of a recurrence of concussion symptoms, was placed on the injured list. Crosby has already been out the required time for someone on the injured list, so he could be activated at any time.
Jacques Martin was fired as coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, with the storied team undone by sloppy play and in last place in its division. Martin was in his third season with Montreal and 17th in the NHL. He reached his 600th NHL career victory last April, making him the ninth-winningest coach in league history.
The Los Angeles Kings have a deal in place to hire Darryl Sutter as coach of the offensively challenged team, ESPN.com reported.