Jared McCann, Brian Dumoulin and Colton Sceviour also scored as the Humping Penguins won the second match in nights and the eighth in 11 (8-2-1). Casey DeSmith made 25 saves by scoring a streak of two individual defeats.
“If you want to win continuously, you need everyone to get involved and sometimes that’s the goal, other times it’s different things,” Crosby said of Penguins’ third and fourth line. “The little things go unnoticed sometimes, but all of those things make it win hockey games.”
Miles Wood scored twice, and Jack Hughes and Jesper Boqvist, each scoring one for the Devil, who netted a four-match winless streak beating Buffalo on Thursday night. Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves.
The Penguins opened the scoring 5-2 in the middle of the third half thanks to goals from Crosby and Rust, but they had to go on in the final minutes after New Jersey received two goals due to Penguins’ mistake to get the goal. win the lead.
Rust took the game out of reach with a goal against an empty net on one night where the Penguins watched 11 players win points in the game.
“I just thought it was a sign of a good team,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan. “It’s hard to win consistently in this tournament if you don’t have your overall roster contribution on both sides, whether it’s scoring goals, or playing in critical situations, the room players, take penalties, win head-to-head battles, block shots, wall play. There are so many small things that turn into great things ”.
Penguins took the lead at the end of the second half as Sceviour overcame a 26-game goal drought by beating Blackwood.
“I mean, whenever you score in this tournament, it’s interesting,” said Sceviour. “It’s been a while, it’s even more, but, you know, more or less you know we won the game and that’s the key.”
Rust extended the lead to 4-2 with a video game at 4:06 in the third half and Crosby scored his 16th at 10:02 with a three-goal margin.
Boqvist scored after a free kick from Chris Letang’s post, and Dumoulin sent a pass from DeSmith’s foot to turn the game into a goal. Wood scored for the goal.
“They know how to win,” said Wood of Penguins. “You can’t play every single game with your game A, but they know how to win with their game B. You know, I feel like for our team when we play well, we are very hard to beat. But to be honest, our lousy games are far-fetched. It’s hard to play each game at its best. But you cannot make an effort with C ”.
Hughes tied it at 2 all early in time with a shot from low range in the left round after DeSmith made two other tackles.
Wood opened the scoring with a touch of the ball at 3:01 after the opening match. McCann equalized it by sending Crosby’s shot past Blackwood in a power match at 10:00.
Dumoulin gave Pittsburgh the lead before it was less than a minute into the first half with a shot slipping off the arm of the demon striker Janne Kuokannen. It earned him points in four game play, matching the highest level of his career in 2018.
NOTE: The demons don’t have a pregnancy show on the MSG Network because the hosts – Erika Wachter and Bryce Salvador – have to join the COVID-19 protocol. … Bratt had two goals and four assists in the last four matches. … Rust had six in a row ahead of New Jersey. … Hughes got two goals in a row after 10 games without scoring.
The captain of the demon, Nico Hischier, is about to return. Center has not played since a shot in the face on February 28. He needs nose surgery. He started training this week.
The penguins are winning despite being injured. Strikers Evgeni Malkin, Teddy Blueger, Kasperi Kapanen and Brandon Tanev are still absent. Blueger seems to be the closest to a return.
The teams will face each other four more times over the next two weeks. They will be back here on Sunday for their final match in New Jersey and play in Pittsburgh on April 20, 22, and 24.
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