The Pittsburgh Penguins won all 15 games they played in the month of March, becoming the only NHL club to win all games played in one calendar month, and moving to within two victories of their own league record of 17 consecutive wins. But, the string ended in their first April game, played Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, when the Pens dropped a 4-1 decision to the Buffalo Sabres.
Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who had recorded back-to-back shutouts, and had set the team record for most consecutive shutout minutes, allowed four goals by the 3:28 mark of the second period, and gave way to Marc-Andre Fleury. Vokoun (10-4) stopped only nine of 13 shots.
Kevin Porter scored twice for Buffalo (14-17-6), while Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson added goals. In earning the win, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (12-15-5) stopped 19 of 20 shots.
Jarome Igilna scored the only Pittsburgh goal, his first since joining the Penguins last week. Fleury stopped all 16 shots he faced.
After going 4-1 during their longest homestand of the season, the Penguins (28-9) will meet the Rangers (17-15-3) at Madison Square Garden in New York City at 7:30 PM Wednesday. Radio pregame time on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.