WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored the shootout winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in a penalty-filled game Thursday night.
Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped shots by Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane to secure a sixth consecutive win for the Penguins. Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets to open the shootout.
Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, while Steve Downie and Simon Despres added goals for Pittsburgh in regulation. Fleury finished with 34 saves through overtime.
Ladd, Jacob Trouba and Kane scored for the Jets, who now have points in seven straight games. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 32 shots for Winnipeg.
The teams combined for 102 penalty minutes and three fights, but no power-play goals.
The Jets had a chance to win the game on the power play after Despres was called for tripping Mark Scheifele with 1:06 left in overtime, but they couldn’t find the net. Pittsburgh extended its perfect stretch on the penalty kill to 34 for 34.
Ladd, the Winnipeg captain, opened the scoring midway through the first period when he tipped Bryan Little’s shot in the top of the crease past Fleury for his sixth goal of the season.
It ended a shutout streak of 164:22 for Fleury, who was playing his first game since signing a four-year, $23-million contract extension on Wednesday.
The lead lasted 100 seconds, as Despres’s point shot through heavy traffic made it 1-1.
Sutter gave Pittsburgh the lead at 6:50 of the second period when he broke through the Jets’ defense and beat Pavelec with a low shot for his fourth goal of the season.
Downie made it 3-1 late in the second when he just missed a breakaway pass after coming out of the penalty box, but took the ricochet off the end boards and made a deke to his backhand. Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien cross-checked Downie into the corner boards after the goal, but Downie’s retaliation cost Pittsburgh a power play.
An undisciplined second period could have gone even worse for the Jets, but they managed to kill two power plays, including a 29-second two-man advantage. The Penguins’ power play entered the game a league-best 41.3 per cent, but finished the night 0 for 6.
A blast to the top corner from Trouba late in the period made it 3-2 at the second intermission.
Kane tied the game on a breakaway at 3:55 of the third period after a lead pass from Wheeler. It was the first of the season, and 100th of the career, for the 23-year-old winger who missed eight games with injury.
NOTES: Little played his 500th career game, while Penguins forward Craig Adams played his 300th consecutive game. … Wheeler, who entered the season with three fights in 454 career games, dropped his gloves for the third time this season in a first-period scrap with Rob Bortuzzo.
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