The Penguins’ run at a record-breaking streak is over. Playing without injured star Sidney Crosby, host Pittsburgh fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, Tuesday night to end their 15-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh was attempting to draw within one of the NHL record of 17 consecutive wins set by the 1992-93 Penguins but looked out of synch and lost for the first time since falling to Carolina, 4-1, on Feb. 28.
Kevin Porter scored his first two goals of the season for the Sabres, who won for the first time in five games. Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored as Buffalo sent Pittsburgh to its first loss in more than a month. Ryan Miller made 19 saves on the night he surpassed Dominik Hasek for the most games played by a Sabres goaltender.
Jarome Iginla scored his first goal with the Penguins after coming over in a trade with Calgary last week but it wasn’t nearly enough. Buffalo took a three-goal lead less than 25 minutes into the game to chase Tomas Vokoun, who stopped nine of the 13 shots he faced before being removed early in the second period.
The Penguins played without Crosby for the first time this season. The NHL’s leading scorer is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
Islanders 5, Jets 2 — Frans Nielsen scored the go-ahead goal and Kevin Poulin made 23 saves for his first win of the season and New York defeated Winnipeg in Uniondale, N.Y.
With the victory, the Islanders moved past the idle New York Rangers into the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
The Islanders (18-16-3) have 11 games remaining while the Rangers have 13.
Capitals 5, Hurricanes 3 — Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist, and visiting Washington beat Carolina despite allowing three goals to Jiri Tlusty.
Mike Green scored two goals, Joel Ward added a goal, Nicklas Backstrom matched a career high with four assists, and Braden Holtby made 31 saves for Washington.
Panthers 3, Lightning 2 — Peter Mueller scored the only goal in the shootout and Jacob Markstrom had 39 saves to lead Florida past host Tampa Bay.
Tomas Kopecky and Greg Rallo both scored goals on deflections of shots by T.J. Brennan for a 2-0 Panthers lead after two periods.
Coyotes 3, Kings 1 — Jason LaBarbera stopped 39 shots, Keith Yandle scored his second goal late in the third period, and Phoenix got past Los Angeles.
Matthew Lombardi put Phoenix ahead with his fourth goal of the season in the second period and Yandle followed his 50th career goal in the first period by beating Jonathan Quick with less than three minutes left.
Predators 3, Avalanche 1 — David Legwand scored with 1:14 left, and host Nashville edged Colorado.
Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal that tied it at 1 at 8:23 of the third, and Taylor Beck had two assists. Paul Gaustad had an empty-netter.