The Pittsburgh Penguins’ streak ended at 15 wins, two shy of their own National Hockey League record, in their first game without injured captain Sidney Crosby, who is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
Kevin Porter scored two goals to help the Buffalo Sabres win 4-1 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh last night. Porter scored midway through the first period and added a second goal early in the second. Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Sabres.
“We just didn’t have much of an answer,” Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen told reporters. “Things weren’t going well from the start and we didn’t have a whole lot of a pushback or a whole lot of urgency.”
Crosby, who has a league-high 56 points this season, was injured four days ago when he was hit in the mouth by a deflected puck against the New York Islanders in the last of the Penguins’ 15 wins from as many games last month.
Jarome Iginla had a power-play goal in the first period for the Penguins, who set the NHL winning streak record with Mario Lemieux leading the 1992-93 team.
“It’s a tough feeling,” said Iginla, who was playing his second game with the Penguins. “But at the same time it’s very impressive to see what this group accomplished.”
The Penguins (28-9-0) top the Eastern Conference with 56 points, second best in the NHL behind the Chicago Blackhawks, who have 57 points.
The Sabres (14-17-6) are last in the Eastern Conference’s five-team Northeast Division with 34 points.