PITTSBURGH, PA (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres dropped their third straight game to open the 2013-2014 season, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-1 on the road Saturday.
The team's offensive struggles continue as they have managed just two goals in their opening three games.
Jhonas Enroth got the nod in net as Ryan Miller rested a lower body injury coming off a 45 save performance in a 1-0 loss at home Friday night.
The Pens got up early on the young Sabres squad, opening the scoring less than four minutes in when Sidney Crosby put home his own rebound after a point-blank chance.
Chuck Kobasew tipped in a point shot from Brandon Sutter past Enroth ten minutes later to put the Pens up 2-0.
It stayed that way until the third period when Chris Kunitz was awarded a penalty shot that beat Enroth.
The Sabres finally got on the board late in the period off the stick of Thomas Vanek who redirected a quick pass from Cody Hodgson.
Buffalo went 0 for 2 on the Powerplay and managed just 21 shots on Fluery.
The club returns home for a match-up on Tuesday against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.