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Sabres rally past Penguins in preseason finale

Sabres come back from being down 2-0 to win in shootout
Credit: AP
Buffalo Sabres' Henri Jokiharju (10) tries to control the puck along the boards as Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) defends during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH — At Pittsburgh, Casey Mittelstadt scored in the sixth round of the shootout to lift Buffalo past Pittsburgh, 3-2.   

Tage Thompson also scored for Buffalo in the shootout. Thompson's goal in the second round drew Buffalo even, after Pittsburgh's Kris Letang opened the round by scoring on a wrist shot. Letang was the only Penguin to score in the shootout.     

Buffalo's Linus Ullmark made 34 saves, and Marco Scandella and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres. Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust scored for the Penguins, and Matt Murray made 28 saves.

The Sabres open the regular season Thursday night against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

CROSBY LEAVES GAME

Sidney Crosby left the Penguins' preseason finale against Buffalo in the first period Saturday after taking a shot off his skate.

Hit by a shot from Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella, Crosby played on 6:42 before leaving. Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust left the game after he was hit in the hand in the third period.

"They both got hit with shots," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "They are being evaluated now. We will probably have more definitive answers tomorrow morning."

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