For the third straight game, the Sabres struggled to generate an offensive attack and fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday 4-1. Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal for Buffalo late in regulation.
Sidney Crosby got the scoring started at 3:39 of the first period, chopping his own rebound past Jhonas Enroth's blocker. The Penguins went up 2-0 about 10 minutes on Chuck Kobasew's second goal of the season. Parked in front of the Buffalo crease, Kobasew deflected a Brandon Sutter blueline shot into the net.
Pittsburgh upped its lead to 3-0 on a penalty shot by Chris Kunitz. The Penguins forward was held up by Mike Weber during a breakaway chance and took advantage of the ensuing penalty shot, backhanding the puck past Enroth's glove. Buffalo finally got on the board later in the period when Vanek deflected a Cody Hodgson pass into the net. The Penguins added an empty-netter courtesy of Craig Adams.
The Sabres' offense mustered only 21 shots including 5 in the second period and 7 in the final frame. They now have two goals in three games so far this season and are a combined 0 for 13 on the power play. Enroth stopped 31 shots in the loss while Marc-Andre Fleury came up with 20 saves for the Pens.
Buffalo (0-3-0) returns home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at 7:30. Hear the call with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray on WGR 550.
3:39 - PIT - Sidney Crosby (2) (Pascal Dupuis, Matt Niskanen)
13:43 - PIT - Chuck Kobasew (2) (Brandon Sutter, Matt Niskanen)