Guentzel's third-period goal gives Pens 2-1 win over Ducks

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jake Guentzel has played with Sidney Crosby long enough to know he needs to get to the net when he sees Pittsburgh's captain take a defenseman wide.

Guentzel was at the right place when he scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Guentzel finished Crosby's backhand feed from the slot at 7:24 of the third.

''You're just so used to it now,'' Guentzel said. ''With the strength he has, you just kind of think he'll get by the defenseman. He comes in, beats a guy and then makes a great play, not really looking. It's just a special play and I was happy to be on the end of it.''

Guentzel has five goals in five career games against the Ducks, including his second career hat trick last season.

Crosby also scored a power-play goal, his second of the season. Crosby, who opened the season on a four-game point streak, has multiple points in five of his last 10 games against Anaheim.

''I thought he was a force at both ends of the ice,'' Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ''His line scored both goals and his line was on the ice when we're defending the lead and they pulled their goalie. I just think he's the best 200-foot player in the game right now.''

Matt Murray made 31 saves for the Penguins. He needs one more win to reach 100 in the NHL.

Pittsburgh concluded a season-opening, four-game homestand with a 2-2 record. The Penguins have won nine of their last 12 home games against Anaheim and nine of the last 13 overall versus the Ducks.

Ondrej Kase scored his first of the season for Anaheim, which tried to open a season with four straight wins for the first time in franchise history. The Ducks, who entered the NHL as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1993-94, started 3-0 last season and also in 2006-07, when they won the Stanley Cup.

John Gibson, a Pittsburgh native, stopped 26 shots. He allowed more than one goal for the first time this season.

''Obviously, you want to win every game, but it was a tough one,'' Gibson said. ''(Pittsburgh) played well. We have to give them credit. They're down a lot of guys and they played hard.''

Four of Pittsburgh's top nine forwards were out of the lineup.

Evgeni Malkin, the 2012 NHL MVP, was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Alex Galchenyuk, acquired in an offseason trade with Phil Kessel, was placed on injured reserve a day earlier, while Nick Bjugstad missed his second game and Bryan Rust has been out since the start of the season. Patric Hornqvist was a game-time decision with a lower-body injury sustained Tuesday against Winnipeg, but he started on the Penguins' second line.

''We have a lot of guys going in and out with injuries,'' Guentzel said. ''You just have to stick with it.''

Crosby opened the scoring 2:57 into the second period. He redirected Kris Letang's point shot over Gibson's pad from the side of the crease. Letang opened the season with points in four straight games for the second time in his career.

Kase tied the game for Anaheim 30 seconds later. Murray went briefly off his post and Kase squeezed a shot between his pad and blocker from the bottom of the left circle.

Pittsburgh went back on the power play with a two-man advantage for 61 seconds, but couldn't manage a shot on goal. Dominik Kahun had a breakaway later in the period, but he rung a shot off the crossbar.

Crosby and Guentzel came through for the Penguins in the third period.

''I knew (Crosby) had his guy wide,'' Guentzel said. ''I was just trying to get there. Obviously, it was a great pass by him. I was just lucky to be there at the right time.''

NOTES: Ducks F Ryan Getzlaf tied Corey Perry for the franchise lead in games played at 988. ... Letang is three points from becoming the first defenseman in franchise history and ninth active to 500 points. He is two games from tying Jean Pronovost for fifth on the team's game's played list. ... Rust worked out before the Penguins' morning skate on Thursday. . Penguins D Erik Gudbranson was scratched in favor of John Marino, who made his NHL debut on Tuesday. .. Crosby has points in 15 of 17 career games against Anaheim.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Continue a four-game road trip Friday at Columbus.

Penguins: Play their first road game at Minnesota on Saturday.

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SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
C. Fowler D00100/0022:132
R. Getzlaf C00028/5020:015
D. Grant C00023/7210:421
B. Guhle D01100/0019:420
A. Henrique C00028/11218:085
K. Holzer D00010/0517:095
M. Jones LW00030/0210:412
O. Kase RW10020/1016:191
J. Larsson D00000/0016:090
H. Lindholm D00-130/0220:090
I. Lundestrom C00035/3011:071
J. Manson D00-110/0417:324
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N. Ritchie LW01010/0015:425
C. Rowney RW00010/2011:123
D. Shore C00001/0014:042
J. Silfverberg RW00030/1018:163
T. Terry RW00000/0013:470
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
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Z. Aston-Reese LW00020/1213:272
T. Blueger LW00004/41711:272
S. Crosby C111215/10024:022
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J. Johnson D00000/0015:454
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M. Pettersson D00000/0016:082
J. Schultz D01060/0021:252
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B. Tanev RW00050/0016:273
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
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GOALIESSA
J. Gibson (L)28
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Murray (W)3213160:00
GOALIESSA
M. Murray (W)32
Zach Aston-Reese shot on goal (Wrist shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • PIT
      07:24GOAL Jake Guentzel (Wrist shot), Assists: Sidney Crosby and Dominik Simon
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • ANA
      03:27GOAL Ondrej Kase (Wrist shot), Assists: Nick Ritchie and Brendan Guhle
    • PIT
      02:57(PP) GOAL Sidney Crosby (Tip-in shot), Assists: Kris Letang and Justin Schultz
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • PIT
        10:02Zach Aston-Reese penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • ANA
        19:11Derek Grant penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • ANA
        06:20Adam Henrique penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
      • ANA
        05:21Josh Manson penalty Hooking - 2 min.
      • ANA
        02:49Josh Manson penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • ANA
        19:00Max Jones penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • PIT
        14:01Pittsburgh penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Andrew Agozzino
      • PIT
        05:03Teddy Blueger penalty Gross Misconduct - 10 min.
      • PIT
        05:03Teddy Blueger penalty Instigator - 2 min., served by Patric Hornqvist
      • PIT
        05:03Teddy Blueger penalty Fighting - 5 min.
      • ANA
        05:03Korbinian Holzer penalty Fighting - 5 min.
      • ANA
        02:39Hampus Lindholm penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    ANA
    PIT
    Shots on Goal3228
    Goals in Power Play01
    Faceoff Wins2530
    Penalties75
    Major Penalties11
    Minor Penalties63
    Misconducts01
    TEAM STATS
    ANA
    Shots on Goal32
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins25
    Penalties7
    Major Penalties1
    Minor Penalties6
    Misconducts0
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    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    C. Fowler D00100/0022:132
    R. Getzlaf C00028/5020:015
    D. Grant C00023/7210:421
    B. Guhle D01100/0019:420
    A. Henrique C00028/11218:085
    K. Holzer D00010/0517:095
    M. Jones LW00030/0210:412
    O. Kase RW10020/1016:191
    J. Larsson D00000/0016:090
    H. Lindholm D00-130/0220:090
    I. Lundestrom C00035/3011:071
    J. Manson D00-110/0417:324
    R. Rakell LW00080/0018:092
    N. Ritchie LW01010/0015:425
    C. Rowney RW00010/2011:123
    D. Shore C00001/0014:042
    J. Silfverberg RW00030/1018:163
    T. Terry RW00000/0013:470
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    A. Agozzino LW00-100/1001:441
    Z. Aston-Reese LW00020/1213:272
    T. Blueger LW00004/41711:272
    S. Crosby C111215/10024:022
    B. Dumoulin D00010/0021:545
    J. Guentzel RW10110/0025:423
    P. Hornqvist RW00010/0021:283
    A. Johnson C00-100/0001:240
    J. Johnson D00000/0015:454
    D. Kahun RW00020/0011:280
    S. Lafferty C00-106/2013:512
    K. Letang D01040/0028:421
    J. Marino D00010/0016:063
    J. McCann LW00015/7016:451
    M. Pettersson D00000/0016:082
    J. Schultz D01060/0021:252
    D. Simon LW01120/0016:161
    B. Tanev RW00050/0016:273
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Gibson (L)2822658:38
    GOALIESSA
    J. Gibson (L)28
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Murray (W)3213160:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Murray (W)32
    STARS OF THE GAME
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    ANA3-1
    0101
    0112
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    C. Fowler D00100/0022:132
    R. Getzlaf C00028/5020:015
    D. Grant C00023/7210:421
    B. Guhle D01100/0019:420
    A. Henrique C00028/11218:085
    K. Holzer D00010/0517:095
    M. Jones LW00030/0210:412
    O. Kase RW10020/1016:191
    J. Larsson D00000/0016:090
    H. Lindholm D00-130/0220:090
    I. Lundestrom C00035/3011:071
    J. Manson D00-110/0417:324
    R. Rakell LW00080/0018:092
    N. Ritchie LW01010/0015:425
    C. Rowney RW00010/2011:123
    D. Shore C00001/0014:042
    J. Silfverberg RW00030/1018:163
    T. Terry RW00000/0013:470
    Total1203225/3017-41
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    A. Agozzino LW00-100/1001:441
    Z. Aston-Reese LW00020/1213:272
    T. Blueger LW00004/41711:272
    S. Crosby C111215/10024:022
    B. Dumoulin D00010/0021:545
    J. Guentzel RW10110/0025:423
    P. Hornqvist RW00010/0021:283
    A. Johnson C00-100/0001:240
    J. Johnson D00000/0015:454
    D. Kahun RW00020/0011:280
    S. Lafferty C00-106/2013:512
    K. Letang D01040/0028:421
    J. Marino D00010/0016:063
    J. McCann LW00015/7016:451
    M. Pettersson D00000/0016:082
    J. Schultz D01060/0021:252
    D. Simon LW01120/0016:161
    B. Tanev RW00050/0016:273
    Total2402830/2521-37
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Gibson (L)2822658:38
    GOALIESSA
    J. Gibson (L)28
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Murray (W)3213160:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Murray (W)32
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

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