The Penguins history-making streak came to an end Tuesday night at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. Pittsburgh’s winning streak, tied for second longest in NHL history, ended at 15 games after Buffalo collected a 4-1 victory at CONSOL Energy Center.
"It's a disappointing feeling," Jarome Iginla said. "I know the guys have worked so hard at this streak and it was fun to come and get a taste of that. It was tough to see it end, but it was very impressive."
The Sabres got two goals from Kevin Porter (his first two of the season) and a goal each from Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson.
Pittsburgh’s lone goal came from Iginla – his first as a Penguin.
"Obviously, it wasn't our best performance," Brooks Orpik said. "I don't think anyone was too happy with the way we started and a couple shifts here, a couple shifts there, were OK. But it wasn't a very good effort all around by everybody."
The Penguins won't have much time to think about it as they take on the New York Rangers Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
"The good part of back-to-backs is not having to dwell on (the loss) for too long and just get back in the win column again," Iginla said. "We don't have to wait long and get the Rangers on back-to-back. We weren't as good as the team's capable of being and we'll look to get back at her tomorrow."
During his first few days with the Penguins, future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla has experienced a lot of firsts, from his first shift with his new team, to his first shot and first win.
Iginla hit another career first with the Penguins at 13:27 of the opening frame when he batted a pass from Chris Kunitz into the net for his first goal/power-play goal in the black and gold.
"It felt good to get the first as a Penguin," Iginla said. "It was a great play by 'Kuni.'"
SHUTOUT STRING ENDS
The Penguins and Tomas Vokoun entered the contest against the Buffalo Sabres with record shutout streaks. The team and their starting netminder hadn’t been scored on since the Reagan Administration was in the White House (give or take a few years).
Both streaks came to an end when Kevin Porter notched a shorthanded score 10:24 into the first period. In all, the Penguins went 218:48 minutes without allowing a goal. Vokoun’s career-best shutout sequences concluded at 173:06 minutes.
Vokoun surrendered four goals on 13 shots and was replaced by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief.
"I think the first couple shots are always good to have early just to get in the game," Fleury said. "I think the first shot hit the post, so I think it was a good stop by the post. But once you get a few (saves) you start to get going and it feels good again."
Brooks Orpik played his 622nd game as a Penguin – the most ever in franchise history by a defenseman.
Author: Sam Kasan