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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Penguins Bounce Back After First Loss of Season

PITTSBURGH -- Luc Robitaille scored twice, including the tying goal with just 20 seconds left, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period against the NHL's hottest goaltender to tie the Buffalo Sabres 3-3.

The Penguins rebounded from their first loss of the season Sunday night, following a 13-game unbeaten streak and a 3-0 Sabres lead, to improve to 13-1-2 and remain ahead of Quebec (13-2) in the Northeast Division. Quebec plays in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

The Sabres squandered ex-Penguin Craig Simpson's two goals and one of the biggest leads they have given goaltender Dominik Hasek all season to remain winless in seven games in Pittsburgh since Jan. 23, 1992.

Simpson scored twice in a 2:50 span of the second period following Donald Audette's fifth of the season to give Hasek the seemingly secure lead. Hasek's 1.63 goals-against average is on a pace to break the NHL season record.

Despite Saturday's 4-2 loss in Hartford that cost them the chance to match or break the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers' record 15-game unbeaten start, the Penguins' 13-1-1 start is the best in franchise history.

Nordiques 4, Panthers 1. In Miami, Owen Nolan scored two goals to lead Quebec to its eighth victory in nine games.

Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault stopped 17 shots to win his third start.

Florida, 2-3 on its seven-game homestand, fell behind 2-0 when Quebec scored twice in a 48-second span of the first period.

Scott Young and Andrei Kovalenko had the other goals for Quebec. Young's goal initially did not register. His shot hit the center post of the net so hard and ricocheted out so quickly the goal judge didn't turn on the goal light.

Blackhawks 4, Oilers 1. In Chicago, Patrick Poulin scored two goals and the Blackhawks continued their mastery of the Oilers.

The Hawks, who've beaten Edmonton three times this season, are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games against Edmonton.

Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick each added power-play goals for Chicago, which improved to 9-4-1 and moved into a first-place tie with the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL's Central Division with 19 points.

Whalers 4, Penguins 2. On Saturday, Robert Kron scored twice, including a key goal late in the game, as the Hartford Whalers beat Pittsburgh 4-2, ending the Penguins' bid for the best start in NHL history.

Kron, who opened the scoring in the first period, took a forwarding pass from Darren Turcotte in the third period and skated to the top of the left circle. There, he fired a shot in stride and beat Ken Wregget gloveside at 16:54.

Capitals 4, Nordiques 2. In Landover, Maryland, Craig Berube and Steve Jones scored 32 seconds apart early in the third period as the Washington Capitals beat Quebec 4-2, denying the Nordiques a chance to record a franchise-record eighth straight victory.

Quebec entered the game on a seven-game winning streak.

The Nordiques (12-2-0) also missed an opportunity to overtake Pittsburgh (12-1-1) for the Eastern Conference lead and the best record in the NHL. (For more game results see scorecard.).