Penguins rally, edge Blackhawks 3-2 in shootout

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Penguins keep losing high-profile players and keep winning games. It's not ideal, but they'll take it - for now at least.

Jake Guentzel and Jared McCann scored in a shootout and the Penguins ended a 10-game losing streak against the Chicago Blackhawks by rallying for a 3-2 victory Saturday night despite captain Sidney Crosby leaving in the third period with a lower-body injury.

The Penguins were already playing without Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist when Crosby gingerly made his way off the ice early in the third and did not return. Pittsburgh still improved to 4-1-1 in its last six despite spotting Chicago a two-goal lead.

Guentzel's eighth of the season late in the second period gave the Penguins life and Bryan Rust's fifth in six games since his return from injured reserve tied it midway through the third period. Guentzel and McCann both beat Corey Crawford in the shootout, and when Matt Murray turned away Alex DeBrincat, the Penguins had their first victory over Chicago since March 30, 2014.

''Shows a lot of character in this room, but we're not making it easy on ourselves,'' Rust said. ''We do seem to have a pretty good leadership group in here and we do kind of know when to push a little bit harder.''

Patrick Kane collected his sixth goal of the season for Chicago and used some nifty stickhandling to slip the puck by Murray in the shootout. Dominik Kubalik added his fourth for Chicago. Crawford made 29 saves but couldn't stop Guentzel's flip between the goaltender's legs or McCann's wrist shot in the shootout.

''Would've been nice to come away with that game, but they're a good team,'' Kane said. ''They've been playing well all year. They had a big comeback against the Islanders the other night. Obviously, nice to get a point. Hopefully keep building on what we have going on here, but it would've been nice to have two.''

Two days after storming back from three goals down in the third period to stun the Islanders in overtime, the Penguins followed a similar script to top the Blackhawks for the first time in more than five years.

Chicago squandered a chance to take the lead early in the second period when it failed to convert on an extended 5-on-3 power play. Kane had an excellent opportunity for the right circle but his one-timer missed everything, sailing over the goal, over the boards and into the netting.

Crawford turned aside Pittsburgh's surge after the teams returned to full strength, and Kubalik gave the Blackhawks the lead 7:09 into the second when Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin whiffed while trying to keep the puck in the offensive zone. The mistake led to a three-on-one the other way, with Kubalik taking a feed from Brandon Saad and slamming it past Murray for his fourth of the season.

Kane doubled Chicago's advantage just 98 seconds later, pouncing on the puck after teammate Calvin De Haan blocked a shot then racing the other way before beating Murray with a wrist shot at 9:47 to extend his scoring streak to a season-high five games.

Just as they did against the Islanders, Pittsburgh scrambled back. Guentzel drew the Penguins within 2-1 with 3:56 left in the second, though Malkin did much of the dirty work, swiping the puck near center ice, zipping down the left side and beating Slater Koekkoek to the post. Malkin then slipped a pass between Koekkoek and Crawford to a wide-open Guentzel racing down the slot. Guentzel easily put the puck into the open net for his eighth of the season.

Rust tied it when he finished off an extended Penguins' push by camping below the left dot and delivering when a pass from John Marino found his stick.

''The biggest thing for me that Rusty has shown since Day 1 of training camp is a sense of urgency,'' Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. ''When he plays that way, he's at his best. I think he's done that consistently day in and day out.''

NOTES: Penguins C Evgeni Malkin had two assists for the Penguins. ... Letang is dealing with a lower-body injury Sullivan described as ''week to week.'' ... The Penguins scratched Letang, D Chad Ruhwedel and C Sam Lafferty. ... Chicago scratched D Adam Boqvist and C Kirby Dach. ... Chicago D Olli Maatta, who won a pair of Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, played 18:09. ... The Blackhawks went 0 for 2 on the power play. ... The Penguins were 0 for 3 with the man advantage and haven't scored on the power play in 11 straight games. ... Pittsburgh's has killed off 14 consecutive penalties and 20 of their last 21 overall. ... Pittsburgh improved to 7-2-1 against the Western Conference.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Host Toronto on Sunday.

Penguins: Visit Metropolitan Division rivals the New York Rangers for the first time this season on Tuesday.

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STARS OF THE GAME
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R. Carpenter C00014/3214:461
A. DeBrincat LW00020/0017:234
E. Gustafsson D00020/0025:282
D. Kampf C00134/3015:122
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D. Kubalik RW10120/0011:362
O. Maatta D00-110/0018:095
A. Nylander RW00-220/0010:540
B. Saad LW01010/0019:532
B. Seabrook D00120/0018:001
A. Shaw RW00040/2013:463
Z. Smith LW00032/2009:476
D. Strome C00115/8217:060
J. Toews C00-2214/9021:081
C. de Haan D01110/0021:003
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
Z. Aston-Reese LW00000/0014:093
N. Bjugstad C00-144/3014:533
T. Blueger C000110/5014:582
S. Crosby C00018/8015:190
B. Dumoulin D00120/0021:241
A. Galchenyuk LW00050/0016:170
J. Guentzel LW10140/1023:292
J. Johnson D00000/0216:001
D. Kahun LW00-120/1013:030
E. Malkin C02144/7018:080
J. Marino D01110/0021:310
J. McCann C01001/4017:201
M. Pettersson D00-100/0021:302
J. Riikola D00020/0017:082
B. Rust RW10020/0016:303
J. Schultz D00-100/0022:591
D. Simon RW00020/0011:570
B. Tanev RW00010/0214:355
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Crawford (L)3122965:00
GOALIESSA
C. Crawford (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Murray (W)3122964:50
GOALIESSA
M. Murray (W)31
05:00Alex DeBrincat shot on goal (Shootout shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • SHOOTOUT
    • PIT
      05:00GOAL Jared McCann (Shootout shot)
    • CHI
      05:00GOAL Patrick Kane (Shootout shot)
    • PIT
      05:00GOAL Jake Guentzel (Shootout shot)
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • PIT
        10:57GOAL Bryan Rust (Wrist shot), Assists: John Marino and Evgeni Malkin
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • PIT
        16:04GOAL Jake Guentzel (Snap shot), Assists: Evgeni Malkin and Jared McCann
      • CHI
        08:47GOAL Patrick Kane (Snap shot), Assist: Calvin de Haan
      • CHI
        07:09GOAL Dominik Kubalik (Snap shot), Assists: Brandon Saad and Slater Koekkoek
      PENALTIES
          • 3RD PERIOD
            • CHI
              05:43Dylan Strome penalty Tripping - 2 min.
          • 2ND PERIOD
            • CHI
              11:51Ryan Carpenter penalty Slashing - 2 min.
            • PIT
              04:04Brandon Tanev penalty Boarding - 2 min.
            • PIT
              03:38Jack Johnson penalty Tripping - 2 min.
          • 1ST PERIOD
            • CHI
              19:24Patrick Kane penalty Hooking - 2 min.
          TEAM STATS
          CHI
          PIT
          Shots on Goal3131
          Goals in Power Play00
          Faceoff Wins2927
          Penalties32
          Major Penalties00
          Minor Penalties32
          Misconducts00
          TEAM STATS
          CHI
          Shots on Goal31
          Goals in Power Play0
          Faceoff Wins29
          Penalties3
          Major Penalties0
          Minor Penalties3
          Misconducts0
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          PIT10-6-1
          011013
          STARS OF THE GAME
          SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
          D. Caggiula LW00000/0008:271
          R. Carpenter C00014/3214:461
          A. DeBrincat LW00020/0017:234
          E. Gustafsson D00020/0025:282
          D. Kampf C00134/3015:122
          P. Kane RW10130/0224:280
          D. Keith D00000/0026:450
          S. Koekkoek D01-110/0014:382
          D. Kubalik RW10120/0011:362
          O. Maatta D00-110/0018:095
          A. Nylander RW00-220/0010:540
          B. Saad LW01010/0019:532
          B. Seabrook D00120/0018:001
          A. Shaw RW00040/2013:463
          Z. Smith LW00032/2009:476
          D. Strome C00115/8217:060
          J. Toews C00-2214/9021:081
          C. de Haan D01110/0021:003
          SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
          Z. Aston-Reese LW00000/0014:093
          N. Bjugstad C00-144/3014:533
          T. Blueger C000110/5014:582
          S. Crosby C00018/8015:190
          B. Dumoulin D00120/0021:241
          A. Galchenyuk LW00050/0016:170
          J. Guentzel LW10140/1023:292
          J. Johnson D00000/0216:001
          D. Kahun LW00-120/1013:030
          E. Malkin C02144/7018:080
          J. Marino D01110/0021:310
          J. McCann C01001/4017:201
          M. Pettersson D00-100/0021:302
          J. Riikola D00020/0017:082
          B. Rust RW10020/0016:303
          J. Schultz D00-100/0022:591
          D. Simon RW00020/0011:570
          B. Tanev RW00010/0214:355
          GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
          C. Crawford (L)3122965:00
          GOALIESSA
          C. Crawford (L)31
          GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
          M. Murray (W)3122964:50
          GOALIESSA
          M. Murray (W)31
          STARS OF THE GAME
          123OTSOT
          CHI5-7-4
          020002
          PIT10-6-1
          011013
          SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
          D. Caggiula LW00000/0008:271
          R. Carpenter C00014/3214:461
          A. DeBrincat LW00020/0017:234
          E. Gustafsson D00020/0025:282
          D. Kampf C00134/3015:122
          P. Kane RW10130/0224:280
          D. Keith D00000/0026:450
          S. Koekkoek D01-110/0014:382
          D. Kubalik RW10120/0011:362
          O. Maatta D00-110/0018:095
          A. Nylander RW00-220/0010:540
          B. Saad LW01010/0019:532
          B. Seabrook D00120/0018:001
          A. Shaw RW00040/2013:463
          Z. Smith LW00032/2009:476
          D. Strome C00115/8217:060
          J. Toews C00-2214/9021:081
          C. de Haan D01110/0021:003
          Total2303129/276-35
          SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
          Z. Aston-Reese LW00000/0014:093
          N. Bjugstad C00-144/3014:533
          T. Blueger C000110/5014:582
          S. Crosby C00018/8015:190
          B. Dumoulin D00120/0021:241
          A. Galchenyuk LW00050/0016:170
          J. Guentzel LW10140/1023:292
          J. Johnson D00000/0216:001
          D. Kahun LW00-120/1013:030
          E. Malkin C02144/7018:080
          J. Marino D01110/0021:310
          J. McCann C01001/4017:201
          M. Pettersson D00-100/0021:302
          J. Riikola D00020/0017:082
          B. Rust RW10020/0016:303
          J. Schultz D00-100/0022:591
          D. Simon RW00020/0011:570
          B. Tanev RW00010/0214:355
          Total2403127/294-26
          GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
          C. Crawford (L)3122965:00
          GOALIESSA
          C. Crawford (L)31
          GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
          M. Murray (W)3122964:50
          GOALIESSA
          M. Murray (W)31
          GOALS
          • SHOOTOUT
            • 3RD PERIOD
            • 2ND PERIOD
              PENALTIES
                  • 3RD PERIOD
                  • 2ND PERIOD
                  • 1ST PERIOD
                  • SHOOTOUT
                  • OVERTIME
                  • 3RD PERIOD
                  • 2ND PERIOD
                  • 1ST PERIOD

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