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.