EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A diversion opposite a struggling Edmonton Oilers was what a Pittsburgh Penguins indispensable to get their highway outing behind on track.
Evgeni Malkin’s tiebreaking power-play idea in a third duration carried a Penguins to a 3-2 feat over a Oilers on Wednesday night.
Patric Hornqvist and Conor Sheary also scored for a fortifying Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who had non-stop their five-game outing with dual losses.
“For a whole team, this was a large bid for us,” Hornqvist said. “We all played unequivocally hard. We went behind to a aged school, winning 1-on-1 battles out there. When we do that, we have a good group and, obviously, a energy play helped us to win a game.”
Malkin tucked a wrist shot underneath Cam Talbot’s arm on a man-advantage with 7:37 remaining in a third for a winning goal.
Matt Murray stopped 35 shots, including a large save on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in tighten with 13 seconds remaining to safety a win.
“We’re operative a tails off each night, that’s not a issue,” Murray said. “It’s only small pointed mistakes here and there, small lapses in visualisation and that’s been spiteful us. Tonight we attempted to stay on a toes and only play an altogether plain game, and we consider we did that.”
Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl had goals for a Oilers, who have mislaid 4 of their final 5 games. Talbot finished with 27 saves.
“We were right there, a whole game. There wasn’t most separating us,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “If anything, we suspicion we outplayed them a small bit. Right now it’s kind of tough to swallow.”
Pittsburgh scarcely scored 8 mins into a diversion as Bryan Rust’s shot rang off a crossbar, and was announced a no-goal after a video review.
The Penguins struck on a energy play only 56 seconds into a center duration as Hornqvist sloping a puck in front past Talbot for his fourth of a season.
Edmonton tied it adult a few mins after on a possess energy play. Patrick Maroon sent a backhand pass from behind a net to Nugent-Hopkins, who scored his fifth of a deteriorate and 100th of his career.
Less than a notation later, Connor McDavid done a no-look pass to concede Draisaitl to approach a puck into a wide-open net for a 2-1 lead.
Sidney Crosby followed McDavid’s play with a identical pass on a 2-on-1 to set adult a idea by Sheary with 22 seconds left in a second.
NOTES: Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel had dual assists, giving him 11 on a season. Kris Letang combined dual to boost his sum to nine. … The Penguins were 2 for 4 on a energy play. The Oilers were 1 for 5.
Penguins: At Calgary on Thursday night.
Oilers: Host New Jersey on Friday night.
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