Pittsburgh at Edmonton

Staal's three assists in third sparks Penguins' comeback against Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Pittsburgh Penguins needed only one good period to beat the struggling Edmonton Oilers.

Jordan Staal set up Pittsburgh's three third-period goals in the Penguins' 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night.

Tyler Kennedy started the Penguins' rally with a goal at 3:18 of the third, Matt Cooke tied it at 6:48 and Pascal Dupuis scored the winner with 9:30 left.

"The first two periods, we obviously didn't come out with our best effort," Staal said. "We shook it off and said we have to change it in the third. And we did. It's not a good thing to have to come back like that. We have to work on being a team that comes out strong every time and we haven't been doing that of late and it has been catching up to us. We can't do this every night."

Coming off a 3-1 victory in Calgary on Wednesday night, the Penguins improved to 3-1 on their five-game trip.

"This is not an easy trip," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "We are playing some very good teams here. I think getting on the road has hopefully simplified some things for us. A lot of times you get on a trip like this and it helps you regroup. Hopefully this is something we can build off of."

Andrew Cogliano and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost six straight and have won only once in their past 14 games.

"We do some stuff that I like a lot," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. "We have played very well against good teams this year and then find a way to disappoint ourselves. That was tough because I thought our team played well and maybe deserved a different result. But we have to quit beating ourselves before we learn to win hockey games."

Edmonton started the scoring on a two-man advantage 1:34 into the second. Patrick O'Sullivan made a nice feed to Cogliano, who stuffed in his own rebound after Marc-Andre Fleury made a terrific kick save on the first attempt.

The Oilers made it 2-0 with another power-play goal with eight minutes left when Sullivan fed Visnovsky at the point and he blew a hard shot past Fleury.

Pittsburgh finally broke Devan Dubnyk's shutout bid early in the third on Kennedy's shot from the middle of the faceoff circle.

The Penguins tied it on Cooke's power-play goal. Dubnyk was able to stop the initial shot by Staal, but couldn't recover in time to get in front of a backhanded rebound shot by Cooke.

Pittsburgh then took the lead as Staal took a shot from behind the net that banked off the skate of Dupuis and in. Fleury finished with 33 saves.


  • It was the only meeting between the two teams this season.
  • Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin underwent back surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday and is out for 12 weeks.
  • Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik remained out due to an undisclosed injury.
  • The Olympic flame made its way into Rexall Place for a special pregame ceremony on its way to Vancouver for the Olympics.
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A weird way to win: The puck banks off Pascal Dupuis' skate past a stickless Devan Dubnyk.  (Getty Images)
A weird way to win: The puck banks off Pascal Dupuis' skate past a stickless Devan Dubnyk. (Getty Images)
Pittsburgh  (30-18-1) «0033
Edmonton (16-25-5)0202
Three Stars
J. Staal

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
A. Cogliano

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
E. Malkin

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
01:34Power Play - Andrew Cogliano (5), Snap Shot. Assist: O'Sullivan, Visnovsky
11:53Power Play - Lubomir Visnovsky (9), Slap Shot. Assist: O'Sullivan
03:18Tyler Kennedy (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Staal
06:48Power Play - Matt Cooke (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Staal, Letang
10:30Pascal Dupuis (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Staal, Cooke
Penalty Summary
10:34Staal, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:48Adams, 2 min, Hooking
19:48Malkin, 2 min, Charging
10:01Rupp, 2 min, Boarding
13:52Smid, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:35Nilsson, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
19:35Fleury, 2 min, Roughing
05:07Stone, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Marc-Andre Fleury59:56332
Devan Dubnyk59:09283
Game Information
Attendance - 16839
Referees - Stephane Auger, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Vaughan Rody, Mike Cvik
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