The Pittsburgh Penguins’ run at a record-breaking streak is over. Playing without injured star Sidney Crosby, the Penguins fell to the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 to end their 15-game winning streak on Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh were attempting to draw within one of the NHL record of 17 consecutive wins set by the 1992-1993 Penguins, but 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 their 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 was not 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.
BRUINS 3, SENATORS 2
In Boston, Nathan Horton broke a tie midway through the third period with his fourth goal in four games, as Boston beat Ottawa with an aggressive attack that produced a season-high 50 shots.
While awaiting the arrival of newly acquired five-time NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars, the Bruins shook off their recent offensive woes with their second straight win after losing five of their previous seven games.
Horton got his 12th goal of the season 10 minutes, 21 seconds into the third period after goalie Robin Lehner stopped Milan Lucic’s shot with his pad and Horton scored on the rebound.
The Bruins held a 50-47 advantage in shots on goal. Their previous high of 46 came on Feb. 28, also against the Senators, in a 2-1 overtime win in Boston.
The pace slowed for a while in the third period after Andre Benoit tied the score 2-2 with 1:55 gone following an officials’ review. Play had continued after Benoit’s hard, high shot. At the next whistle, officials ruled that the puck had gone in just under the crossbar, then come out, resulting in Benoit’s third goal of the season.
Colin Greening had given Ottawa a 1-0 lead 2:48 into the game, before goals by David Krejci and Tyler Seguin 1:01 apart put Boston ahead 2-1 at 4:29 into the first period.
ISLANDERS 5, JETS 2
In Uniondale, New York, Frans Nielsen scored the go-ahead goal and Kevin Poulin made 23 saves for his first win of the season as New York defeated Winnipeg.
With the victory, the Islanders moved past the idle New York Rangers into the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
The Islanders have 11 games remaining, while the Rangers have 13.
Nielsen’s power-play goal at 19:32 in the second period came when a rebound from a Mark Streit slap-shot ricocheted to him in the right circle. Nielsen fired the puck past Ondrej Pavelec for this fourth of the season.
Matt Moulson added his 12th of the season at the 18:00 mark of the third, while John Tavares scored his team-leading 23rd of the season into an empty net with 36 seconds left.
Jets rookie defenseman Paul Postma scored twice for Winnipeg.
CAPITALS 5, HURRICANES 3
In, Raleigh, North Carolina, Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist as 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.
Washington trailed 2-0 early before scoring five goals on thier first 11 shots, winning their seventh in 11 games.
Eric Staal and Alexander Semin each had two assists for the Hurricanes, who lost defenseman Joni Pitkanen to an apparent leg injury late in the second period.
Carolina’s Dan Ellis stopped four of the seven shots he faced.
PANTHERS 3, LIGHTNING 2, SO
In Tampa, Florida, Peter Mueller scored the only goal in the shootout and Jacob Markstrom made 39 saves to lead Florida past Tampa Bay.
Tomas Kopecky and Greg Rallo both scored power-play 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. Tom Pyatt directed a pass from Teddy Purcell right above Markstrom’s shoulder pad cut the Panthers’ lead in half at 5:38. Alex Killorn tied it just less than 5 minutes later when a slap shot from Victor Hedman bounced off the boards and found its way onto Killorn’s stick, where he slipped it past Markstrom.
Also on Tuesday, it was:
‧ Coyotes 3, Kings 1
‧ Predators 3, Avalanche 1