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Crosby injured; Penguins lose to Sabres in shootout

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Mittelstadt secures shootout win

BUF@PIT: Mittelstadt puts home backhander to win SO

Casey Mittelstadt moves to his backhand in the shootout and lifts the puck past Matt Murray to seal a 3-2 win for the Sabres over the Penguins

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Sidney Crosby did not finish a 3-2 preseason shootout loss by the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday.

Crosby played 6:42 in the first period but did not play the final two periods. He attended a QMJHL jersey retirement ceremony in Rimouski, Quebec on Friday.

Pittsburgh opens the regular season against Buffalo on Oct. 3.

Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust each scored a second-period goal to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. Matt Murray made 28 saves for the Penguins, who finished the preseason 2-1-3.

Casey Mittelstadt ended the shootout with a goal in the sixth round for Buffalo. Zemgus Girgensons tied it 2-2 with 8:33 left in the third period, Marco Scandella scored, and Linus Ullmark made 34 saves for the Sabres, who finished the preseason 4-2-0 under new coach Ralph Krueger.

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