Crosby has 2 goals, 2 assists in Penguins’ 6-4 win over Wild

Nov 17, 2022, 5:47 AM | Updated: 9:03 pm
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) is congratulated by Evgeni Malkin (71) after scorin...

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) is congratulated by Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

              Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) controls the puck in front of Minnesota Wild center Tyson Jost (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
            
              Minnesota Wild right wing Brandon Duhaime (21) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
            
              Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with right wing Rickard Rakell (67) after scoring a goal against Minnesota Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
            
              Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) controls the puck in front of Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek (14) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
            
              Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) is congratulated by Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby had two goals and two assists for a season-high four points and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 6-4 on Thursday night.

Ryan Poehling, Kris Letang, Brock McGinn and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins and Tristan Jarry stopped 19 shots. Pittsburgh is 3-1-1 after losing seven straight.

“I thought we controlled the play and obviously special teams were big for most of the night,” Crosby said. “We’ve had our struggles there, and we have to be difference makers on the power play and tonight it was the difference maker for the game.”

Joel Eriksson Ek scored twice and Brandon Duhaime and Matt Dumba added goals for the Wild. Filip Gustavsson, filling in for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, made 26 saves.

“It is uncharacteristic that we’re not doing those simple things consistently each and every night, because sometimes we’re doing them, sometimes we’re not,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “There’s different components of our game going sideways. So, we’ve got to keep grinding.”

Pittsburgh took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play late in the second to take a 3-2 lead, with Letang rapping home a pass from Crosby for his first of the season.

Crosby doubled the lead early in the third with his second of the night, a power-play goal.

“Coach always talks about resilience and I think we did a good job of that tonight,” Poehling said. “We had a two-goal lead early in the game. They came back and made it 2-2, but we didn’t go and shy away from that. We just continued to play our game and it ended up working out for us.”

NOTES: Fleury was placed on the injured list Wednesday after suffering an upper-body injury Tuesday night at Nashville. … Guentzel had an empty-netter, giving him a four-game goal streak. … The Wild debuted their reverse retro uniforms, featuring a green jersey and pants patterned after the 1978 Minnesota North Stars uniforms.

UP NEXT

Penguins: At Winnipeg on Saturday night.

Wild: Hosts Carolina on Saturday night.

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