EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Pittsburgh Penguins blew a couple of leads and fell to the last-place team in the Western Conference.
Jordan Eberle set up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for an overtime power-play goal as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Penguins, 4-3, on Friday night at Rexall Place.
Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 27 saves but had his seven-game winning streak was halted, and the Penguins' winning streak ended at three games.
The Penguins had been 5-0-1 in their previous six games against the Oilers and had been 4-1-1 in their past six games in Edmonton.
Edmonton was the livelier team early on. The Oilers took a 7-2 lead in shots, but Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff was sharp.
At the end of an Oilers power play, he made a point-blank save on Ryan Smyth.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma mixed his lines in an apparent attempt to spark some offense, sending Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin -- normally the first- and second-line centers -- out together a few times with Chris Kunitz or James Neal.
That disrupted Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins' matchup strategy some. He moved center Sam Gagner to the right wing on a top line with center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and left winger Taylor Hall. It was a line designed specifically to play against Crosby's line.
The idea was to try to find a way to neutralize Crosby and Malkin, although the Oilers didn't expect them to play together.
"You've got to focus on a couple of players, and we all know who they are," Eakins said. "You've got to be very aware of when they're on the ice. Individually, those guys can just crush you."
The Penguins killed two Edmonton power-plays in the first period, extending their streak of successful penalty-kills to 19.
One of the Penguins penalties was to defenseman Kris Letang, who hit Edmonton winger Mark Arcobello behind the Penguins net and received a minor for making contact with Arcobello's head.
Bylsma went back to his regular line combinations to start the second period, and it paid off early, thanks to stellar play by Malkin.
After stealing the puck from Edmonton defenseman Jeff Petry, he worked the puck behind the Oilers net, keeping control of it until Neal got open along the bottom inner edge of the left circle. Malkin fed Neal, who lifted the puck over Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk for a 1-0 Penguins lead at 2:09 of the second period.
Malkin recently missed nine games because of a left leg injury. This was his third game back, and his assist and Neal's goal gave Malkin three goals, two assists and Neal three goals, two assists since Malkin returned.
Crosby gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead at 7:55 of the second period. He took a drop pass from Brian Gibbons and his shot from the right circle went in off the skate of Edmonton's Sam Gagner and under Dubnyk's pads as Kunitz was driving to the net.
That extended Crosby's points streak to seven games and pushed his goal total to 25.
It was also Crosby's first career goal against Edmonton, in his sixth game.
With 1:04 left in the second period, Dubnyk stopped Malkin on a dazzling scoring attempt, with Malkin weaving his way to the net.
Dubnyk lost his stick, and Malkin knocked it away. Dubnyk and Malkin then got into a tussle -- not what could be described as a fight.
Malkin, somewhat surprisingly, did not get an unsportsmanlike penalty. Instead, he got an interference call, and he and Dubnyk each got roughing minors.
Edmonton's power play carried over to the third period, and the Oilers cashed in to pull to within 2-1.
Nugent-Hopkins scored through a crowd on a shot from near the right hash marks 53 seconds into the period.
The Oilers tied it, 2-2, at 10:07 of the third period.
Deryk Engelland -- a defenseman playing on the wing -- couldn't handle an outlet pass from Letang, and the Oilers went on the attack. Hall swept the puck past Zatkoff from just outside the crease.
The Penguins responded at 12:16 of the third period when Letang scored off of a faceoff win by Crosby on a four-on-three power play.
Anton Belov tied it, 3-3, with 1:59 left in regulation with a high, hard shot.
Forward Zach Sill and defenseman Simon Despres were the Penguins' scratches.
The Penguins conclude their three-game swing through western Canada with a game on Saturday night at Calgary. They won at Vancouver, 5-4, Tuesday night in a shootout.
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