Power play carries Penguins past Oilers, 3-2

Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Hockey

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Five-on-five goals remain somewhat elusive for the Penguins.

Who cares? Worry about that later.

The way their power play is humming along, it's buying their five-on-five play some time to figure it out.

Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored power-play goals -- Malkin's the game-winner coming midway through the third period -- as the Penguins slipped past the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, on Wednesday at Rogers Place.

Coming off a 7-1 drubbing in Winnipeg on Sunday, the Penguins (8-5-1) needed a victory to keep this season-long five-game road trip from going sour.

They needed a win to keep from losing six of their first nine road games for the first time since Sidney Crosby's rookie year. They needed a win to celebrate something.


Malkin's snapper off the rush, from the inner-edge of the left circle at 12:23 of the third period -- his fifth goal in his last five games against Edmonton -- provided that. Matt Murray's acrobatics, especially late, made it hold up.

In addition to the power play, Murray delivered a stellar performance in goal -- he made a pair of clutch stops with his right leg -- and the Penguins played a much more responsible game, one good enough to sweep the season series with the Oilers.

Connor McDavid and Crosby traded spectacular setups, but yet again McDavid came up short in the team aspect of this rivalry; Crosby's Penguins are 4-0 against McDavid's Oilers.

The Penguins played with a little bit of fire in the third period. Olli Maatta and Jake Guentzel took tripping penalties, but the Penguins held the fort. They cashed just 19 seconds after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was called for interference.


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