30 minutes in the past
The Penguins have been lacking one other important part of their roster Tuesday.
Famous person ahead Evgeni Malkin briefly participated in warmups earlier than leaving the ice. He ended up being scratched due to sickness.
His teammates, as has been the case for the majority of this season, picked up the slack within the absence of one of many franchise’s least replaceable gamers and dispatched the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2.
“Simply completely different guys stepping up,” ahead Sidney Crosby mentioned. “Guys which have been thrown into greater roles and alternatives, they’ve made essentially the most of them. It’s been various things, however all via the lineup, everyone’s discovered a strategy to contribute.”
On this case, the blokes who stepped up included one who hadn’t scored a aim in a number of weeks, a rookie who by no means had scored within the NHL earlier than Tuesday and a latest commerce acquisition.
And their captain.
Crosby collected 4 factors (one aim, three assists) and drove his crew to a victory that pushed it forward of the idle Washington Capitals for first place of the Metropolitan Division with 80 factors.
An influence-play aim opened the scoring 11 minutes, 41 seconds into regulation. Settling a puck on the left level, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shoveled a backhanded cross to Crosby within the left circle. Turning to his left, Crosby snapped a cross-ice cross in entrance of the crease to ahead Bryan Rust, who lifted a wrister previous the glove of goaltender Frederik Andersen for his 23rd aim of the season and first in six video games. The rating prolonged a streak for the Penguins to 5 video games with a power-play aim.
They made it a 2-Zero recreation at 17:03 of the primary interval. From the left level, Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson snapped a forehand cross to ahead Sam Lafferty above the best circle. Taking a second to permit a display to develop, Lafferty launched a wrister. Rookie ahead Anthony Angello, a scratch for the earlier three video games who returned to the lineup in Malkin’s absence, was planted above the blue paint and deflected the shot down via Andersen’s 5 gap for his first profession aim.
The Penguins made it 3-Zero 2:52 into the second interval with a second power-play rating. Controlling a puck above the best circle, Rust fired a cross-ice cross low within the left circle for Crosby. The Penguins’ captain then slid a cross throughout the entrance of the crease to ahead Jason Zucker, who knuckled a one-timer that fluttered into the cage previous Andersen’s glove for his 17th aim of the season and third in 4 video games since becoming a member of the Penguins on Feb. 10.
They linked for one more power-play aim at 7:11 of the second. After Crosby gained the offensive zone, ahead Jared McCann fed a cross-ice cross from the left level to ahead Patric Hornqvist streaking up the best wing. Approaching the cage, Hornqvist fed a forehand cross to the left of the crease for Crosby to pat into the cage for his 12th aim.
After the Maple Leafs’s unsuccessful efforts to capitalize on a five-on-three power-play alternative that lasted a strong 1:19, Andersen misplayed a puck behind his personal cage, turning it over to a forechecking Rust, who dealt it to a trailing Crosby. Hanging onto the puck and drawing Andersen out of the crease, Crosby veered to the left of the cage and fed it again to Rust. From the best of the cage, Rust tapped a cross to the slot for ahead Teddy Blueger, who netted his ninth aim on the 12:35 mark of the second.
The Maple Leafs lastly obtained on the scoreboard at 16:35 of the second when ahead Auston Matthews blasted a one-timer from the best circle previous goaltender Tristan Jarry’s glove for his 43rd aim. They adopted it solely 86 seconds later when ahead Kyle Clifford directed a puck along with his skate for his seventh aim.
Jarry completed with 34 saves, enhancing his document to 20-8-1
The groups will meet once more Thursday in Toronto’s Scotiabank Area.
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Seth Rorabaugh is a Tribune-Assessment workers author. You may contact Seth by electronic mail at [email protected] or by way of Twitter .