Guentzel, Penguins rally late, defeat Ducks in OT

PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel scored 33 seconds into time beyond regulation after Bryan Rust tied it with 25 seconds left in regulation, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

Guentzel took a go from Sidney Crosby to the left face-off circle for a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 to win it. It got here 4 seconds later Trevor Zegras missed Cam Fowler with a backhand go on a breakaway on the different finish.

“It’s enormous,” Guentzel mentioned. “We want two factors now. They’re the identical two factors on the finish of the yr. … You simply have to stick with it. That’s the one manner you are able to do it.”

Video: ANA@PIT: Zucker scores on the wraparound

Evgeni Malkin and Jason Zucker every had a purpose and an help, and Rickard Rakell had three assists for the Penguins (22-15-6), who had misplaced two in a row and eight of 10. Casey DeSmith made 26 saves.

Zegras had a purpose and an help, and John Gibson made 41 saves for the Ducks (12-27-5), who’ve misplaced 4 straight by a mixed rating of 23-8.

“The result’s the end result,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins mentioned. “I believed we performed a extremely good highway sport, probably the greatest highway video games we have performed, particularly in opposition to a extremely hungry and veteran crew. … With our crew, we now have to play an ideal sport, the place we’re at as a crew.

“Obviously, in time beyond regulation, you’ve gotten your probability at one finish. If you do not put it in, it is coming again the opposite manner.”

Video: ANA@PIT: Rust fires in a purpose to even the rating

Ducks defenseman John Klingberg tied it 2-2 at 11:16 of the third interval on the ability play, taking a go from Zegras for a wrist shot from the fitting circle earlier than Zegras gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead on a one-timer arrange by Ryan Strome at 15:40.

“Not that I can consider proper now,” Zegras mentioned on if there’s something optimistic in the loss. “Battled again, did not get the end result. Not what you need.”

Rust tied it 3-3 with 25 seconds remaining, a one-timer off a backhand go from Guentzel with the additional attacker to finish a nine-game scoring drought.

“I believe for us, we have been getting quite a lot of possibilities,” Rust mentioned. “We’d been pushing pretty nicely. How issues have been going, they acquired a pair there in the third and as a substitute of getting on our heels and type of deflating, we determined to dig in. … I believe we have been all working for one another.”

Video: ANA@PIT: Guentzel launches game-winning purpose in OT

Zucker put Pittsburgh forward 1-0 at 4:16 of the primary interval after his go supposed for Rakell was tipped behind the web by Klingberg, and Zucker collected it for a wraparound on the proper submit.

Adam Henrique tied it 1-1 on an influence play at 17:50. Troy Terry shot from the left circle, producing a rebound for Mason McTavish to gather for a wrist shot close to the left submit earlier than Henrique scored on a second rebound from the crease.

Malkin gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 8:46 of the second interval, tapping in a unfastened puck on the proper submit off a slap shot from Rakell with Gibson down in the crease. He had gone and not using a level in 4 of his earlier six video games and and not using a purpose in 5 of these six.

“It is what it’s, lose the sport,” Gibson mentioned. “You can say no matter you need. But you continue to discovered a technique to lose the sport as a substitute of successful the sport.”

Video: ANA@PIT: Malkin will get in tight to attain

DeSmith made a lunging save on a slap shot from McTavish on an influence play to protect the one-goal lead with one second left in the interval.

“I believe it is an enormous win for us,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan mentioned. “I believed our management was terrific. There was quite a lot of discuss getting it finished and responding the fitting manner. … I actually preferred the response with our guys.”

Notes: Crosby’s help on Guentzel’s purpose gave him 1,458 factors (538 targets, 920 assists) in 1,151 NHL video games, passing Teemu Selanne (1,457 factors in 1,451 video games) for seventeenth all-time. … Rakell performed in opposition to his former crew for the primary time since being acquired in a commerce from the Ducks on March 21 final season. … Gibson made his four-hundredth NHL begin. He is 173-167-55 in 408 video games. … Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson had two pictures on purpose, two hits and 4 blocks in 23:15 of ice time after lacking the earlier two video games with an sickness. … Pittsburgh ahead Jonathan Gruden had two hits in 7:02 throughout his NHL debut. … Penguins defenseman Jan Rutta was a late scratch with an upper-body harm. He is day after day.


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