The Pittsburgh Penguins were bum-rushed out of their own building by the Buffalo Bills, losing 4-1 in their first game without Sidney Crosby.
The loss was the Pens’ first since Feb. 28, meaning Pittsburgh basically managed to bookend a perfect month of March with defeats.
The Sabers were facing a Penguins squad playing their first game without superstar Sidney Crosby. The NHL’s leading scorer is out indefinitely after taking a puck to the face and breaking his jaw.
In his stead, the team was hoping the recently acquired Jerome Iginla could show off some of that Hall of Fame mettle, and he did. After spending his entire career with the Calgary Flames, Iginla scored his first goal for his new team, but that was the only shot Pittsburgh managed to sneak past Ryan Miller.
As for the Sabers, Buffalo chased Penguins goalie Thomas Vokoun early in the second period after he gave up his fourth goal of the night. He was coming off back-to-back shutouts but just did not have it as the defensemen in front of him continually turned the puck over and gave Buffalo easy looks at the net.
The loss drops Pittsburgh to 28-9-0, while Buffalo moves to 14-17-6.
Pittsburgh’s win streak was the longest in the NHL since the 1992-93 version of the same franchise set a league record with 17 victories in a row.
The last time this year’s Pittsburgh team lost?
- Hardly anyone had heard of FGCU basketball coach Andy Enfield
- Katherine Webb was still the world’s No. 1 WAG (no one had been virtually introduced to Enfield’s wife, Amanda Marcum)
- Kevin Ware’s leg was still intact (We’re thinking about you, man!)
- Jay-Z was not a sports agent
- Johnny Manziel had not gone on Spring Break
- Wes Welker was not a Bronco, and Greg Jennings was not a Viking
- Mike Rice was still the somewhat respected coach of Rutgers (currently he is simply the coach of Rutgers, see the difference?)
- People actually realized the NHL season was going on
Pretty impressive list.
However, if they don’t recover from Crosby’s injury, there are going to be plenty of games like Tuesday night before the wins return.