PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a two-goal second-period deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night. Penguins forward Jared McCann has figured prominently in the last two comebacks and he scored the shootout winner. He also was pressed into spot duty as the Penguins all-time center after Sidney Crosby left the game with a lower body injury in the second period.
McCann has 10 points (5g, 5a) in 15 games this season, including an assist Saturday and five points in his last three games. He joked about Bryan Rust’s hometown and wife being an important factor in Rust’s hot streak and McCann admitted the Penguins have been pressing.
Jared McCann is always a lively chat and Saturday night was no different.
“We didn’t play our best in the first two periods,” McCann said. “It’s something we need to work on, and we can’t do that every single night, so we have to stay focused and stay with it. We should be fine.”
The Penguins beat Chicago for the first time since March 30, 2014.