Sidney Crosby Sparks Pittsburgh Penguins in Win over Minnesota Wild
The Pittsburgh Penguins got Sidney Crosby back from his core muscle injury on Tuesday night at home at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Crosby would record four points on the night in his first game since November 9, 2019. Because of it, he sparked the Penguins to win 7-3 over the Minnesota Wild.
Sidney Crosby made his presence on the ice known early and often in this game.
With 5:56 remaining in the second period, Evgeni Malkin made a no-look pass behind to Bryan Rust and Rust ripped it home to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-0 lead. Dominik Kahun also recorded an assist on the goal.
Malkin scored his second goal of the game on the power play with 4:55 remaining in the second period. Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby recorded an assist on Malkin’s goal.
With 2:43 remaining in the second period, Zach Praise scored a goal for Minnesota. Kevin Fiala assisted with Praise’s goal.
Zach Praise praised Pittsburgh’s puck possession post-game. He made a comment about how it feels like the Penguins always have three guys around the puck.
Minnesota had their short fun while it lasted to make the game a little bit more interesting.
Sidney Crosby scored on a back-handed goal 7:41 into the third period. His goal was assisted by Jared McCann. McCann continues to be spectacular for this hockey team so far this season.
Dominik Simon scored a goal for Pittsburgh on an assist by Sidney Crosby 39 seconds later for the Penguins.
With 13 seconds remaining in the game, Zach Praise scored his second goal of the game on the power play and his goal was unassisted. The Wild only dressed five defensemen in this game because Head Coach Bruce Boudreau messed up the lineup card.
Devan Dubnyk recorded 22 saves for Minnesota. I thought Dubnyk was going to be pulled in this game but he never was pulled.
Tristan Jarry recorded 26 saves for Pittsburgh. He continues to be spectacular between the pipes for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jarry is one of the reasons why this team is dangerous and they will most likely be moving forward.
The Pittsburgh Penguins (29-12-5 record with 63 points so far this season) are currently four points back of the Washington Capitals (31-11-5 record with 67 points so far this season) for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
If the season ended today, Pittsburgh would play the New York Islanders (28-13-4 record so far this season with 60 points so far this season) in the first round of the playoffs.
They also have a comfortable lead over the Carolina Hurricanes (27-17-2 record with 56 points so far this season), the Philadelphia Flyers (24-16-6 record with 54 points so far this season), and the Columbus Blue Jackets (23-16-8 record with 54 points so far this season) for the second spot in the Metropolitan Division.
The Minnesota Wild have lost their last four games. They currently sit in last place in the Central Division with a 20-20-6 record with 46 points so far this season.
The crowd gave Minnesota General Manager Bill Guerin a standing ovation in the game because he was formerly in Pittsburgh’s front office. Guerin had a sign of yinzer and I don’t know what that means.
The Wild are currently eight points back of the Winnipeg Jets (25-18-4 record with 54 points so far this season) for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Minnesota is currently 21 points back of the St. Louis Blues (30-10-7 record with 67 points so far this season) for first place in the Central Division.
The Pittsburgh Penguins swept the season series against the Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota’s next game will be at home on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning (28-14-4 record with 60 points so far this season).
Pittsburgh’s next game will be on the road on Thursday night against the Boston Bruins (27-9-12 record with 66 points so far this season).
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