Crosby has two targets, two assists to push the Penguins past the Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sidney Crosby had two targets and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

Jake Guentzel had a aim and two assists, and Tristan Jarry made 19 saves for the Penguins (7-7-3), who received for the third time of their past 5 video games.

“Two factors on the street,” Guentzel stated. “It’s good to get two factors. Some issues to clear up, however a tricky group to play towards tonight, so it is good to get two factors.”

Joel Eriksson Ek scored twice, and Philip Gustavsson made 26 saves for the Wild (7-8-2), who’ve misplaced three straight video games and 5 of seven.

“Playing in the NHL just isn’t straightforward. It’s not going to come straightforward,” Gustavsson stated. “We want to work method tougher than we’re proper now and discover a method to win. It’s extra enjoyable to win. Everyone hates shedding. We’ve bought to cease doing it.”

Video: PIT@MIN: Crosby’s wrister makes it 1-0 in the 1st

Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 8:15 of the first interval with a wrist shot from the high of the left face-off circle, and Ryan Poehling prolonged it to 2-0 at 17:03 with a one-timer off a go from Teddy Blueger.

The Penguins allowed 5 pictures on aim, and scored on two of their 4 pictures in the opening interval.

“We bought an excellent begin,” Crosby stated. “We did not have many pictures, however I assumed we managed the play.”

Brandon Duhaime reduce it to 2-1 at 4:31 of the second interval after Marcus Foligno intercepted the puck at the blue line and fed him for a shot from the proper circle.

Eriksson Ek scored 12 seconds later to tie it 2-2 at 4:43 when he crashed the web and knocked in his personal rebound, however Kris Letang scored his first of the season to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead at 18:20 with a one-timer on a 5-on-3 energy play.

“I assumed the 5-on-3 aim in the second interval was an enormous aim for our group, simply an enormous momentum increase for us,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan stated. “Those guys had been working onerous at it and I used to be joyful for them.

“There was rather a lot to like about the recreation. We nonetheless had some lapses in the recreation the place we damage ourselves, so to communicate. We’ve bought to proceed to work at getting higher at these circumstances. For quite a lot of the night time, we actually appreciated our recreation. Obviously, while you rating that many targets it helps your probabilities.”

Crosby elevated the lead to 4-2 at 5:50 of the third interval with a backdoor tap-in on an influence play.

Video: PIT@MIN: Crosby scores his second aim of the recreation

Eriksson Ek reduce it to 4-3 at 11:23, scoring off the rush for a short-handed aim.

Brock McGinn made it 5-3 at 14:43 with a wrist shot off a turnover by Wild ahead Mats Zuccarelloand Guentzel scored an empty-net aim to make it 6-3 at 16:31.

“Obviously, we’re not scoring sufficient targets,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason stated. “You can have a look at 4, however we had alternatives, most likely, to rating earlier and did not. First interval we’re down. We truly performed an excellent interval, however we battled. We clawed. We bought again in the recreation and clearly, we did not do sufficient as a bunch to get it finished.”

Matt Dumba scored with eight seconds remaining on a one-timer from the left circle for the 6-4 last.

“We’ve bought quite a lot of new guys in the lineup and we now have to discover our identification and play the complete method 60 minutes and that is how we now have to win video games,” Foligno stated. “We’ve bought to win video games 2-1. It’s gonna be ugly. We do not have the firepower that we thought we did. … We want guys to step up. I simply really feel like we have to discover our identification of changing into [a team] that wins tight video games.”

Notes: Wild forwards Kirill Kaprizov (six factors; two targets, 4 assists) and Zuccarello (5 factors; one aim, 4 assists) every prolonged his level streak to 5 video games. … Crosby scored his a hundredth profession game-opening aim, changing into the second lively NHL participant to attain the mark (Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, 134), and tied Mario Lemieux for the most in Penguins historical past. He handed Gordie Howe for the Tenth-most three-point video games in NHL historical past (163) and is one behind Jari Kurri. … Minnesota ahead Tyson Jost had 7:54 of ice time after being a wholesome scratch for 3 video games.


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