Penguins end Avalanche run
The Pittsburgh Penguins edged out the in-form Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, thanks to a goal and an assist from Sidney Crosby and a shorthanded goal from Brandon Tanev in overtime.
The Penguins went into the game as slight favourites with sports betting companies, and they ultimately prevailed 3-2 in an entertaining game that saw Crosby extend his point-scoring streak to seven games, while Matt Murray contributed 26 saves.
The home side have now outscored their opponents 19-9 to build up a four-game winning streak, and speaking to the media after the game, Crosby, who leads the way for the Penguins this season with 12 points, said that their success came from working well together and defending as a team.
Colorado went into the game having won their first five of the season and were aiming to make it six in a row at the start of a campaign for the first time since 2013, but despite another goal from Nathan MacKinnon, who scored in the third period, they fell to their first defeat of the season.
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer had 30 saves for Colorado, but after the game he admitted that they hadn’t played well enough:
“I don’t think we’re happy with the outcome or how we played. Maybe today was a little bit of a reality check. Have to move on. The next game is coming quick.”
Matt Calvert had given the Avalanche the lead at 3:16 in the first period with a slap shot, but Crosby levelled at 17:22 with a virtuoso goal in which he chipped the puck off Erik Johnson’s stick, gathered it, and then went forehand to backhand past Samuel Girard, before beating Grubauer.
The Penguins moved into the lead at 15:30 in the second period thanks to a wrist shot by Jake Guentzel, who was registering his fifth goal in his last four outings, but MacKinnon made it 2-2 early in the third period after good work from Mikko Rantanen.
The game was decided by Tanev’s goal on 3:57 in overtime, in which he took the puck into the Colorado zone and fired in a shot that deflected from Gabriel Landeskog’s stick to give the Penguins the win and Tanev, who signed a six-year contract in the summer, his first Pittsburgh goal.
Colorado will try to restart their winning form with a trip to take on the Florida Panthers on Friday, while the Penguins are also in action that night, hosting the Dallas Stars.
Words: Stijn Janssen