Sabres lose second-straight to Pittsburgh

The Penguins win, 3-1, taking both games of a home-and-home weekend series with Buffalo
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Pittsburgh, Pa. (WGR 550) - For the second-consecutive night, the Buffalo Sabres came up just short against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After the Sabres dropped a 4-3 overtime decision in Buffalo on Friday, the result stayed the same on Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. This time, however, the blue and gold lost in regulation by a score of 3-1.

The home side struck for both goals to open the game in the first period. Forward Rickard Rakell's 12th of the season came on an early power play chance, followed by captain Sidney Crosby less than three-minutes later to make it 2-0, Pittsburgh. The tally was Crosby's 16th of the season, as he cruised around the net and snuck a backhand behind Sabres goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.

After a scoreless second period all around, the Sabres broke the night's scoring drought with a Peyton Krebs deflection off a point shot from defenseman Casey Fitzgerald.

Krebs' second goal in three games made it a 2-1 contest.

The Sabres never got any closer than that, though, as with the game winding down, Crosby struck for his second goal of the night with 1:38 to play. It was Crosby's 27th-career goal and 80th point against the Sabres in just his 56th-career matchup.

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GAME RECAP:

Scoring Summary:

First Period:
BUF: NONE
PIT: 4:22 - Rickard Rakell (12) PPG (Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby); 6:51 - Sidney Crosby (16) (Jake Guentzel, Brian Dumoulin)

Second Period:
BUF: NONE
PIT: NONE

Third Period:
BUF: 11:00 - Peyton Krebs (2) (Kyle Okposo, Casey Fitzgerald)
PIT: 18:22 - Sidney Crosby (17) (Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust)

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Penalty Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 1:01 - Tage Thompson (Hooking - 2 min.); 3:21 - Victor Olofsson (High sticking - 2 min.)
PIT: 12:26 - Jake Guentzel (Interference - 2 min.); 16:16 - Brian Dumoulin (Interference - 2 min.)

Second Period:
BUF: NONE
PIT: NONE

Third Period:
BUF: 19:59 - Rasmus Dahlin (Slashing - 2 min.)
PIT: 5:28 - Kris Letang (Holding - 2 min.)

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STATS OF THE GAME:

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Photo credit Losi and Gangi

Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:

1.) Sidney Crosby - PIT
2.) Casey DeSmith - PIT
3.) Kris Letang - PIT

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What's next:

The blue and gold are next in game action on Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Kings come to town for a 7 p.m. EST puck drop at KeyBank Center. Pregame with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog starts at 6 p.m. EST on the flagship home of the Buffalo Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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