Pittsburgh Penguins Rally, Edge Chicago Blackhawks Three-2 in Shootout

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PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel and Jared McCann scored in a shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a 10-game shedding streak towards the Chicago Blackhawks by rallying for a Three-2 victory Saturday night time.

Pittsburgh beat the Blackhawks for the primary time since March 30, 2014 by scrambling again from a two-goal deficit. Guentzel’s eighth of the season late within the second interval gave the Penguins life, and Rust’s fifth since his return from injured reserve tied it halfway by way of the third interval.

Matt Murray completed with 29 saves for the Penguins and turned away Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat within the shootout. Pittsburgh performed a lot of the third interval with out captain Sidney Crosby, who left with an undisclosed harm.

Patrick Kane collected his sixth objective of the season for Chicago and scored within the shootout. Dominik Kubalik added his fourth for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 29 saves however couldn’t cease Guentzel or McCann within the shootout.

Chicago Blackhawks proper wing Patrick Kane (AP Picture/Kelvin Kuo)

Two days after placing collectively a shocking comeback towards the New York Islanders — they overcame a three-goal third interval deficit to win in additional time — the Penguins adopted an analogous script.

Chicago squandered an opportunity to take the lead early within the second interval when it did not convert on an prolonged 5-on-Three energy play. Kane had a wonderful alternative for the suitable circle however his one-timer missed all the things, crusing over the objective, over the boards and into the netting.

Crawford turned apart Pittsburgh’s surge after the groups returned to full power, and Kubalik gave the Blackhawks the lead 7:09 into the second when Penguins defenceman Brian Dumoulin whiffed whereas attempting to maintain the puck within the offensive zone. The error led to a Three-on-1 the opposite approach, with Kubalik taking a feed from Brandon Saad and slamming it previous Murray for his fourth of the season.

Kane doubled Chicago’s benefit simply 98 seconds later, pouncing on the puck after teammate Calvin De Haan blocked a shot and racing the opposite approach earlier than beating Murray with a wrist shot at 9:47 to increase his scoring streak to a season-high 5 video games.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (AP Picture/Gene J. Puskar)

Simply as they did towards the Islanders, Pittsburgh scrambled again. Guentzel drew the Penguins inside 2-1 with Three:56 left within the second, although Malkin did a lot of the soiled work, swiping the puck close to centre ice, zipping down the left aspect and beating Slater Koekkoek to the submit. Malkin then slipped a go between Koekkoek and Crawford to a wide-open Guentzel racing down the slot. Guentzel simply put the puck into the open web for his eighth of the season.

Rust tied it when he completed off an prolonged Penguins’ push by tenting under the left dot and delivering when a go from John Marino discovered his stick.


Pittsburgh D Kris Letang missed his second straight recreation with a lower-body harm that coach Mike Sullivan described as “week to week.” … The Penguins scratched Letang, D Chad Ruhwedel and C Sam Lafferty. … Chicago scratched D Adam Boqvist and C Kirby Dach. … Chicago D Olli Maatta, who gained a pair of Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, performed 18:09. … The Blackhawks went zero for two on the facility play. … The Penguins had been zero for Three with the person benefit. … Pittsburgh’s has killed off 14 consecutive penalties and 20 of its final 21 total.


Blackhawks: Host Toronto on Sunday.

Penguins: Go to Metropolitan Division rivals the New York Rangers for the primary time this season on Tuesday.


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Will Graves, The Related Press

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