Crosby has two goals, two helping lead the Penguins into a wild goal

Street. Paul, Minnesota – Sidney Crosby He had two goals and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 at the Excel Energy Center on Thursday.

Jake Guentzel He had a goal and two assists, and Tristan Gary Made 19 saves for the Penguins (7-7-3), who won for the third time in their last five games.

“Two spots on the way,” he said. “It’s good to get two points. Some things have to be cleaned up, but it’s a tough team to play against tonight, so it’s good to get two points.”

Joel Erickson Ek scored twice, and Philip Gustafson He made 26 saves for the Wild (7-8-2), who have lost three straight games and five of the past seven.

“Playing in the National Hockey League is not easy. It’s not going to be easy,” Gustafsson said. “We need to work harder than we are now and find a way to win. Winning is more fun. Everyone hates losing. We have to stop doing that.”

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Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 8:15 of the first period with a wrist shot from the top of the left standoff circle that beat Gustafson’s glove, and Ryan Boiling extended it to 2-0 at 17:03, scoring on a run off a touchdown pass Teddy blogger.

The Penguins allowed five shots on goal, scoring on two of their four shots in the opening period.

“It was a good start,” Crosby said. “We didn’t have a lot of shooting, but I thought we controlled the play.”

Brandon Duhemy Cut it to 2-1 at 4:31 of the second period after Marcus Foligno Intercept the puck at the blue line and feed it to the shot from the right circle.

Ericsson Ek scored 12 seconds later to tie the score at 2-2 at 4:43 when he crashed the net and hit a rebound, but Chris Letang Scored his first goal of the season to restore a 3-2 lead at 18:20 at one time on a 5-on-3 power play.

“I thought that 5-on-3 in the second half was a big goal for our team, it’s just a big boost for us,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan. “These guys were working really hard at it and I was really happy for them.

“There was a lot to like about the game. We still had some lapses in the game where we were hurting ourselves, so to speak. We have to keep working to get better in those conditions. All night, we really liked our game. Obviously, when you score so many goals, it helps your chances.”

Crosby increased the lead to 4-2 at 5:50 of the third period by opening a tailgate on a power play.

VIDEO: PIT @ MIN: Crosby scores his second goal of the game

Ericsson Ek cut the score to 4-3 at 11:23, scoring a short run goal.

Brooke McGinn He made it 5-3 at 14:43 with a wrist turnover shot by forward Wilde Mats ZuccarelloGoentzel scored into an empty net to make it 6-3 at 16:31.

“It’s clear we’re not scoring enough goals,” said Minnesota coach Dean Evason. “You can look at four, but we had chances, probably, to score early on and it didn’t happen. In the first half we were down. We really played a good period, but we fought back. We obviously didn’t do enough as a group to get it done.”

Dumbaa died Scored with eight seconds left in the game on one timer from the left circle for the final 6-4.

“We have a lot of new players in the squad and we have to find our identity and play all 60 minutes, and that’s how we have to win games,” said Foligno. “We have to win games 2-1. It’s going to be ugly. We don’t have the firepower that we thought we had. … We need the players to progress. I just feel we have to find who our identity becomes.” [a team] He who wins tight games.”

Notes: Brutal attackers Kirill Kaprizov (six points; two goals, four assists) and Zuccarillo (five points; one goal, four assists) each extended their point streak to five games. … Crosby scored his 100th game-opening goal, becoming only the second active NHL player to reach the mark (Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, 134) and tied with Mario Lemieux for the most in Pittsburgh franchise history. He is past Gordie Howe for the 10th most three-point games in NHL history (163) and is one game behind Gary Currie. … Minnesota forward Tyson Ghost He had 7:54 of ice time after being a healthy scratch for three games.

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