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OH MY! Penguins, Crosby Win with Amazing Goal in OT, 3-2 Over Nashville

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Pittsburgh Penguins game, Sidney Crosby

The Pittsburgh Penguins had lost four in a row in regulation. They were finally angry and a bit critical of their performance after their Saturday 6-3 drubbing by the Washington Capitals. It didn’t look good in the first 10 minutes of the third period, either. However, Sidney Crosby set up a Penguins goal and forced overtime against the Nashville Predators at PPG Paints Arena.

The streak is over. Besides Crosby, Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith was brilliant. He made several impressive saves to keep the Penguins in the game.

Mike Matheson and Sidney Crosby wowed on the game-winning shift in OT, as Matheson stole the puck for a breakaway, then Crosby stole the rebound to set up a sequence that ended with his game-winner (28).

Crosby has two goals and one assist to reach 1400 for his career.

Nashville took a one-goal lead five minutes into the final period. After a wild couple of minutes, which included Penguins defensemen all over the ice and a couple of Nashville odd-man rushes, the Penguins structure completely collapsed. From a sharp angle, Nick Cousins (8) backhanded a shot over DeSmith.

The Penguins looked lost following the goal, too. However, midway through the period, Sidney Crosby worked a give-and-go with winger Jason Zucker (7) whose backhand slipped past goalie David Rittich to tie the game.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan made some changes before the game. He left the forward lines as-is with Jason Zucker on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Rickard Rakell, but he shuffled the defensive pairings with Mike Matheson on the top pair with Kris Letang. The move gave the Penguins’ blue line a bit more dynamism.

Letang helped create the Penguins’ first goal.

Early in the first period, Letang pinched on the right-wing wall. Rickard Rakell snared the loose puck as Sidney Crosby hopped on the ice for a line change. Crosby (27) was uncovered as he raced into the offensive zone and one-timed Rakell’s pass.

And again, the Penguins made a mistake late in a period. It wasn’t quite a goal in the final minute of the period, but close enough. With 71 seconds remaining, Matt Duchene walked defenseman Marcus Pettersson for a breakaway goal while Pettersson fell to the ice.

The Penguins had only THREE shots on net in the first period, and Crosby had two of them.

The Penguins more than doubled their shots in the second period but had only seven. After 40 minutes, Nashville was outshooting the Pittsburgh Penguins 23-15. DeSmith made a couple of 10-bell saves on Matt Duchene and neither team scored.

However, the period was marred at the 20-minute mark when Evgeni Malkin fed Nashville defenseman a serious crosscheck in the mouth. After a lengthy review, officials assessed a double minor for Malkin and gave Borowiecki a minor for slashing.

After only four shots in the first 29 minutes, the Penguins finished with 30 shots. DeSmith stopped 33 of 35. Rakell also had three points, including primary assists on both Crosby goals.

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Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
7 months ago

Nice comeback win !!!!

Doug Ukish
Doug Ukish
7 months ago

I like the swap 17 & 67 and must sign both

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
7 months ago
Reply to  Doug Ukish

I agree! Malkin needs to take a pay cut and they need to get rid of his No trade clause and his list of teams he will and won’t play with so they can sign these guys or let Malkin go.Wish they’d experiment Rakell with Sid and Rust more and try Guetzel on the Second line..

ehasenel
ehasenel
7 months ago
Reply to  A. Lifeson

I think for a few games they should run guetzel-malkin-rust. See if they an get malkin going, atleast their structure prevents many of malkin’s defensive liabilities. Zucker-Crosby-Rakell is straight fire. Don’t forget what zucker and crosby were doing when they first got him when guetzel was injured. It’s worth a try.

Wasnt
7 months ago

Desmith deserved it, good for him. Geno might face a few games suspension. Once again no one to fight back so stars have to fend for the themselves and the Matheson fight was not push back.

ehasenel
ehasenel
7 months ago
Reply to  Wasnt

Team might be better right now without Geno for a bit, hate to say it, but i think it’s true. Also, Matheson fight was the definition of push-back, fighting not because you are a tough guy but to defend a teammate.

DaGama
DaGama
7 months ago
Reply to  ehasenel

True and true.

Doug Ukish
Doug Ukish
7 months ago
Reply to  ehasenel

This could be the 2nd coming of Oconner

Katz
Katz
7 months ago

87 is such a delight .

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
7 months ago
Reply to  Katz

He deserves to play the next game as a reward for this one!

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
7 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Amazing doesn’t even describe Sid and his Big Heart and the love for the game and team.

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Casey DeSmith, you are ri-di-cu-lous!

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul

We could of used him last year when Jarry had meltdown not sure if would of mattered

Paul
Paul
7 months ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

Could DeSmith have been any worse? A mannequin couldn’t have been worse.

Last edited 7 months ago by Paul