A brief-cap look at the highlights from the Penguins 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.
Sidney Crosby scored again, and again to open scoring in a game. Jake Guentzel harassed the Sabres into coughing up a puck, Crosby swooped in and his king-range shot straight down the middle hit the back of the net.
Pittsburgh doubled their lead in the second period, in a similar manner of another Buffalo turnover. Rasmus Dahlin fanned on a pass and it went straight to Matt Nieto. Nieto fed Lars Ellet who released a perfect shot to the top corner. 2-0.
File this under "things you love to see" ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Ge10dM9CaW— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 25, 2023
It all looked good through 40 minutes, but a hockey game is 60 and that hit the Pens for their first blown third period lead since opening night.
Buffalo got their comeback started with a power play goal, a sentence the Penguins can’t utter these days. Their power play let them down again, going 0-for-3 including once late in the third period in a tie game.
Pittsburgh had their chances, but couldn’t get the job done. The Evgeni Malkin line nearly got the puck over the line in the third before the play went the other way for another goal against.
It was a microcosm of the game, and perhaps the season for Pittsburgh with wild swings and ultimately resulting in frustration.
The Pens will have a short amount of time to look for another bounce back, they’ll play on Saturday night against Toronto.