Sidney Crosby Nets His First Of The Season Just 32 Seconds Into The Game


  • The Winnipeg Jets got the franchise’s first road win against the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2006, 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
  • Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves, and Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele each had three assists for the Jets, who split a four-game season-opening trip.
  • The franchise had lost 18 straight games (0-14-4) in Pittsburgh since Dec. 27, 2006, when the Atlanta Thrashers won 4-2 at Mellon Arena.

“I don’t know if I’d like to go back in history because I feel like we’ve played good games here,” Hellebuyck said. “They’ve always been a good team over there, and we only get to be here once (per season). It’s nice to finally crack that, but I just think we were playing another game. Thought we came with the right mindset.”

  • Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the season, and Matt Murray made 18 saves for the Penguins, who have lost two of three games to start the season.
  • Pittsburgh used seven defensemen in its first game without centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad, who are out longer term with lower-body injuries.
  • Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game 32 seconds into the first period when he redirected a pass from Jake Guentzel.

“We made a couple mistakes that end up in the back of our net,” Crosby said. “Besides that, we played a pretty good game. I thought we deserved better. But you make mistakes, you put yourself in position to lose games. We did that. I think overall, we did some good things.”

  • Ville Heinola tied it 1-1 at 5:48 with a slap shot. It was the first goal in four NHL games for the defenseman, who was selected in the first round (No. 20) of the 2019 NHL Draft.

“I thought through two periods we played as hard as we possibly could. I think in the third, [the Penguins] changed gears a little bit and then we just weathered it. But we were still smart in most of those situations.” — Jets coach Paul Maurice

“We had a shortened bench there for a lot of the game and guys competed pretty hard. … There are pros and cons to it. We can put a guy like Crosby and put him between the fourth-line wings, for example. It presents a particular challenge for our opponents with a matchup.” — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

Sources & Credits: NHL, Wes Crosby, Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins

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