Pittsburgh was attempting to draw within one of the NHL record of 17 consecutive wins set by the 1992-93 Penguins, but it looked out of sync 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 because of to a broken jaw. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday but the team is offering no timetable on Crosby’s return.
CAPITALS 5, HURRICANES 3
In Raleigh, N.C., Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist, and 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.
It was the Hurricanes’ first loss when a player scored three goals since the move from Hartford in 1997.
BRUINS 3, SENATORS 2
In Boston, Nathan Horton broke a tie midway through the third period with his fourth goal in four games and the Bruins beat Ottawa with an aggressive attack that produced a season-high 50 shots.
Horton got his 12th goal of the season at 10:21 of the third period after goalie Robin Lehner stopped Milan Lucic’s shot with his pad. But Horton scored on the rebound.
ISLANDERS 5, JETS 2
In Uniondale, N.Y., 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.
With the victory, the Islanders moved past the idle New York Rangers into the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
PANTHERS 3, LIGHTNING 2 (SO)
In Tampa, Fla., Peter Mueller scored the only goal in the shootout and Jacob Markstrom had 39 saves to lead Florida past the Lightning.
Tomas Kopecky and Greg Rallo both scored goals on deflections of shots by T.J. Brennan to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead after two periods.
The Lightning rallied in the third period to tie the score with goals from Tom Pyatt and Alex Killorn.