Brandon Tanev Scores OT Winner, Penguins Deal Avalanche First Loss

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PITTSBURGH — Brandon Tanev scored a short-handed objective in additional time and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Colorado Three-2 on Wednesday evening, the primary lack of the season for the Avalanche.

Tanev, Pittsburgh’s largest free-agent pickup within the low season, scored his first objective with the Penguins at Three:57 of additional time. He swooped into the zone short-handed and threw a shot on objective that went between Philipp Grubauer’s pads. Colorado ahead Gabriel Landeskog knocked the puck into the web, giving Pittsburgh its fourth straight win for the primary time since an eight-game profitable streak final season.

The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby continued a season-long, seven-game level streak, scoring his fourth objective of the season. Jake Guentzel added to his six-game level streak together with his fifth objective in 4 video games. Matt Murray made 26 saves.

The Avalanche, the NHL’s final unbeaten staff, appeared to begin the season with six straight wins for the primary time since 2013-14. One of the best begin in franchise historical past got here through the 1985-86 season, when the staff was positioned in Quebec and the Nordiques opened 7-Zero.

Nathan MacKinnon scored his third for Colorado, off an help from Mikko Rantanen. Each have a six-game level streak to open the season. Matt Calvert additionally scored, and Grubauer stopped 30 photographs.

Colorado Avalanche middle Nathan MacKinnon (AP Photograph/David Zalubowski)

MacKinnon tied the sport at 2-2 at 2:56 of the third interval. Alone within the slot, MacKinnon took a move from Rantanen and flipped a wrist shot previous Murray.

Pittsburgh performed with out 5 of its prime 9 forwards.

Jared McCann missed the sport with a lower-body harm, forcing defenceman Juuso Riikola to play left wing on the staff’s fourth line.

Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad have been out for 5 video games, whereas Alex Galchenyuk missed his fourth on Wednesday. All have lower-body accidents. Bryan Rust has been out because the begin of the season with an upper-body harm.

Calvert opened the scoring Three:16 in. He beat Murray with a shot to the glove facet on a move from Matt Nieto.

Crosby evened the rating at 17:22 of the primary on a person effort with the groups at Four-on-Four. He chipped the puck previous Erik Johnson alongside the boards, labored round Samuel Girard within the slot and backhanded a shot previous a fallen Grubauer.

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (AP Photograph/Gene J. Puskar)

Guentzel gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead at 15:30 of the second. He took a move from Crosby, pulled the puck underneath Ryan Graves’ stick and flicked a wrist shot over Grubauer’s shoulder.


Penguins D Kris Letang surpassed Jean Pronovost for fifth on the staff’s all-time games-played listing with 754. Letang’s season-opening six-game level streak ended. … Avalanche D Cale Makar was unable to change into the second defenceman in NHL historical past to start his regular-season profession with a six-game level streak. … Avalanche F J.T. Compher returned after lacking three video games with a lower-body harm. … Colorado didn’t rating a power-play objective in a sport for the primary time this season. … Pittsburgh has seven wins and factors in eight of its final 10 house video games towards the Avalanche.

Up Subsequent

Avalanche: Proceed a season-long six-game journey Friday at Florida.

Penguins: Host Dallas on Friday.


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