In Ralph Krueger’s coaching debut for the Buffalo Sabres, he coached his team will and Conor Sheary scored two goals against his former team including the game-winner on the power-play with 5:57 remaining in the second-period to lift them to a 3-1 win on the road over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sheary scored 5:23 into the game for Buffalo.
Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal for Pittsburgh 5:50 into the second-period.
Later in the second-period, Rasmus Dahlin scored with 44 seconds left for the Sabres.
Buffalo’s special teams was much better in this game than what the Penguins provided. The Buffalo Sabres went 1-for-2 on the power play and Pittsburgh went 1-for-5 on the power play.
The Pittsburgh Penguins showed a lot of the same problems in this game like they did at the end of last season. Pittsburgh looks discombobulated on the power play and it appears as if they have a problem listening to assistant coach Mark Recchi. Jacques Martin has not been good at preparing the defenseman either.
Carter Hutton recorded 28 saves for Buffalo.
Matt Murray recorded 38 saves for the Penguins.
These two teams will play each other two more times this season. Buffalo’s next game will be at home on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils. Pittsburgh’s next game will be at home on Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.