Sabres rally falls short in 5-4 setback to Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust (17) battles Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane (9) for the puck during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Sabres played fast, aggressive and from behind in their second to last preseason game, resulting in a 5-4 loss to the defending Stanley Cup Champions from Pittsburgh.

Newly acquired defenseman Viktor Antipin scored his first with the Sabres and of the preseason to square things up at one in the first period.  Trailing 2-1 in the second after a goal from Sidney Crosby, Nick Deslauriers found the back of the net with 6:23 left in the frame. Justin Schultz game the Pens a 3-2 lead with a goal of his own in the final minute of the period.


Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin scored less than a minute a part to open up a 5-2 lead before the Sabres mounted a furious rally in the final three minutes of action.

With a six on five opportunity, Jacob Josefson banged home a rebound to pull Buffalo within 5-3, before Evander Kane scored with 19 seconds left in the game to pull the Sabres within a goal.

Buffalo outshout the Pens 42-27. The Sabres are now 1-3-1 in the preseason.

They’ll return to action for their preseason finale on Friday against the New York Islanders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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