The Penguins' winning streak was halted at 15 with a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins were playing their first game since center and team captain Sidney Crosby had surgery for a broken jaw he got Saturday, when he took a puck to the face.
Kevin Porter gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 10:24 of the first period on a shorthanded goal when he got a gift from the Penguins' Matt Niskanen.
Niskanen, in his own end, left a drop pass for Jarome Iginla, but Iginla's stick had broken and he was headed to the bench for a new one. The puck glanced off of Buffalo's Jason Pominville before Porter grabbed it and scored from the upper right hash mark.
That ended the Penguins' shutout streak at 218 minutes, 48 seconds, a team record, and ended goaltender Tomas Vokoun's personal-best shutout streak at 173:06, which also is a franchise record.
On the same Penguins power play -- four minutes long because of a double minor to Buffalo's Mike Weber -- Iginla got that goal back.
He tapped in a pass through the crease from Chris Kunitz to tie it, 1-1, at 13:27 of the first period. It was Iginla's 526th career goal and 10th of the season but his first as a Penguins player. The Penguins acquired the former Calgary captain last week in a trade.
Steve Ott put Buffalo back in front, 2-1, at 18:10 of the first period. He took a drop pass from Pominville and scored on a slap shot from the top of the left circle, giving him points in six games in a row against the Penguins.
The Sabres got goals 1:07 apart in the second period to get some separation.
Cody Hodgson got a rebound, carried the puck behind the Penguins' net and scored on a wraparound to make it 3-1 at 2:21.
Porter then got his second goal of the game to make it 4-1 at 3:28 when his severe-angle shot from the left side hit the skate of the Penguins' Deryk Engelland, then went in off the left pad of Vokoun.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma then pulled Vokoun and replaced him with Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Penguins who had given up two goals or fewer in their previous 11 games.
The Penguins play Wednesday night against the Rangers in New York.
Shelly Anderson: email@example.com, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly First Published April 3, 2013 2:15 AM