Penguin depth increases in 4-2 win over hurricane – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Brian Boyle, Danton Heinen and Zach Aston-Reese scored to relieve some of the pressure on Sidney Crosby, Tristan Jarry stopped 41 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins weathered Hurricane Carolina 4-2 on Sunday. Japan.

Crosby scored an empty net to reach the 20-goal plateau for the 14th time as the Penguins beat the Urban-led Storm for the first time in three attempts, thanks in part to the extra points that had been missing in the weeks recently.

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Pittsburgh’s general manager, Ron Hextall, urged his players to move to the front of the net to get out of the doldrums. Boyle and Heinen responded by scoring from six yards out of the net while Aston-Reese’s tap into an empty net with 12 seconds remaining sealed it.

Brett Pesce scored his fifth goal of the season and Sebastian Aho added his 27th, but Carolina only lost by regulation for the second time in the last 12 games (9-2-1). Antti Raantta finished with 19 saves but had no real chance of stopping either of his brothers from letting go.

The teams had gone two years without going head-to-head due to the COVID-19 pandemic before meeting three times in a three-week period, each of them having a post-season feel. The previous two games were a one-goal win for Carolina, the second in extra time.

The Penguins are trying to figure out if they need to trade for another winger capable of scoring, something that has been missing recently outside of the top line-ups of Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust.

That could be turning around.

The 6-foot-6 Boyle somehow sneaked into the front of the Carolina bend unnoticed late in the first half, ate the ball from behind Teddy Blueger’s net, and set up Antti Raanta for a shot. timed to put Pittsburgh ahead. It was his seventh goal of the season and the first in a month.

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Heinen scored his second goal in four games 11:14 into the second half by skating in front and redirecting Mike Matheson’s shot on target. That’s all the support Jarry needs. The All-Star made some excellent saves, including denying Aho from the slot while securing a two-goal lead.

Pesce’s shot from above in the slot made it tight and began a frenzied third phase, in which storms heavily frost the end of Pittsburgh for an extended period of time. Jarry stood firm and relaxed when Crosby’s goal into an empty net in the 1:39 minute made it 3-1.

Maybe Jarry and the Penguins were relaxing too much. Aho scored 14 seconds later to make it 3-2 before Aston-Reese chased a loose shot and shot into an empty net to score his second goal of the season.

NOTE: The Penguins played without D Marcus Pettersson, who was scratched just minutes before the opening game. … Pittsburgh F Kasperi Kapanen skated at 10:40 in his 300th NHL game. Kapanen is a scratch that heals on Friday night. … Neither team scored in power play. The storm is 0-1; Penguins are 0-3.


Storm: Visit Toronto on Thursday.

The Penguins: Start a three-game trip on Tuesday in Nashville.

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