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On this date in Penguins history: Penguins pepper Sabres in 8-3 victory

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Evgeni Malkin scored a hat-trick in the big win.

Buffalo Sabres v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

Nine years ago today, the Penguins scored eight goals in a rout of the Buffalo Sabres, a game that featured a hat trick from Evgeni Malkin.

The team was rocked with injuries on the blue line at the time, with players like Carl Sneep and Alexandre Picard both seeing heavy minutes.

Thankfully for Pittsburgh, the injuries didn’t slow the team down.

They came out firing, with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, with scores from Jason Williams (!), Simon Despres (!), and Malkin.

After Buffalo would get one back, Malkin would net his second for a 4-1 lead at the first break.

James Neal and Deryk Engelland would stretch the lead to 6-1, before Buffalo got a little life, pulling back to 6-3.

Enter Evgeni Malkin for his hat trick.

Chris Kunitz would add another, making it 8-3, which would be the final score.

Now, 8 goals in a game feels like a lot, which, sure, it is.

For some historical context, scoring 8 goals in a game is not all that uncommon for the Penguins, however.

Since this game took place nine years ago, the Penguins have scored 8 or more goals on ten different occasions.

In fact, this same season, in February and March of 2012, they would score 8 goals three times in an approximate 5-week period with 8-5, 8-1, and 8-4 victories over the Jets, Lightning, and again vs. the Jets.