The Sabres' first game under coach Ralph Krueger came as advertised.
Buffalo stuck to the aggressive, connected game plan their new coach instilled throughout the preseason and earned a 3-1 win in their season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night.
Conor Sheary scored twice for the Sabres, giving him four goals and two assists in four games against his former team. Rasmus Dahlin also scored, while Casey Mittelstadt tallied a pair of helpers.
Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal for the Penguins against Carter Hutton, who made 28 saves.