Sabres halt Pens 15-game win streak

11:23 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins finally had an injury they couldn't overcome.

With Sidney Crosby out thanks to a fractured jaw, the Penguins had their 15- game win streak broken with a startling 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at CONSOL Energy Center.

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Kevin Porter notched his first two goals of the season to help back a 19-save effort from Ryan Miller that helped deal Pittsburgh its first setback since a 4-1 ousting by Carolina by Carolina on Feb. 28.

Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also potted goals for a Buffalo squad that had lost four in a row and is currently buried at the bottom of the Northeast Division.

Pittsburgh had matched the second-longest run in NHL history even with reigning Hart Trophy recipient Evgeni Malkin sidelined for 10 of those triumphs with a concussion and shoulder injury, and both No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defenseman Kris Letang missing multiple games over that stretch as well.

Minus Crosby, out indefinitely after being struck in the mouth by teammate Brooks Orpik's shot during Saturday's 2-0 decision over the New York Islanders, the high-scoring Penguins suffered their first home defeat since Feb. 20.

Pittsburgh also received a subpar outing from netminder Tomas Vokoun, who came in off back-to-back shutouts in the club's two most recent wins. He stopped only 9-of-13 chances before being pulled in favor of Fleury early in the second period, however.

Recently acquired Jarome Iginla provided the Penguins' lone bright spot, with the veteran wing netting his first goal since being acquired from Calgary last week.


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