Sidney Crosby Blows By Anaheim Ducks Then Feeds Jake Guentzel For A Goal
- Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Matt Murray made 31 saves, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.
“We worked hard,” Crosby said. “I don’t think we gave up a whole lot. Just to a man, I think everyone competed really hard. We did the things we needed to do to find a way to win.”
- Jake Guentzel scored the game-deciding goal in the third period for the Penguins, who won two of four games during a season-opening homestand.
- He has five goals in five games against the Ducks.
- Pittsburgh was without four of its regular forwards.
- Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and Bryan Rust (upper body) are each out long term.
- Alex Galchenyuk was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a lower-body injury.
- Guentzel put the Penguins ahead 2-1 with his first goal of the season at 7:24 of the third period.
- Crosby retrieved a loose puck and used one hand to control it while holding off Josh Manson before backhanding a pass to Guentzel for a wrist shot.
- Crosby has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak to start the season.
- He gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead when he deflected a shot from Kris Letang over Gibson’s glove on a power play at 2:57 of the second period.
“I thought [Crosby] was great,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He’s such an inspiration when he plays the game as hard as he does. As he does on most nights, I thought he was a force on both ends of the rink. His commitment to defending is just as hard as it is to creating offense for us.
“His line scores both goals. His line is on the ice when we’re defending the lead when our opponent pulls the goalie. So that’s just a testament to his overall 200-foot game.”
Sources & Credits: NHL, Wes Crosby
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