COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Sidney Crosby scored his 15th career hat trick and added an assist to lead Pittsburgh past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Friday night for a fourth straight win. by Penguins.
Brian Dumoulin has one goal and two assists, Mike Matheson has one goal and one assist, and Bryan Rust has two assists for Pittsburgh, which has won 15 of its last 17 games. .
Gus Nyquist and Boone Jenner have scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of their last five home games.
Casey DeSmith stopped 10 shots in the first half before being dragged and replaced in the second by Tristan Jarry, who stopped all 15 shots he faced.
Joonas Korpisalo saves 26 shots.
It took just 32 seconds for Pittsburgh to take the lead from Dumoulin’s left circle, his third of the season. Support from Crosby and Kris Letang extended their streak to 4 and 10 games respectively.
Nyquist dragged Columbus with his NHL lead’s fourth short-handled goal, which he slipped behind DeSmith at 10:40 of the first.
The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead at 18:46 when Jenner pushed the ball over DeSmith’s pad after a bounce off the backboard. Jakub Voracek’s main assist was his 22nd of the season, putting him second in the NHL.
The lead was brief as Crosby scored for the third straight game, beating Korpisalo with a shot from between the circles, making it 2-2 with 28 seconds left in the first half.
Matheson scored his fifth goal of the season at 5:35 in the third half, tying him up with Guentzel for the team’s lead, with a jab that Korpisalo thought he stopped until it hit the back of the net. behind him.
Columbus thought Max Domi tied it at 10:39, but it was out of the game – sixth against Columbus this season.
Crosby added an insurance power goal at 13:32 of the third half and another goal into an empty net with 1:58 remaining. The hat-trick was Crosby’s first hat-trick since November 28, 2018.
Penguins: Host Winnipeg on Sunday.
Blue Jackets: Sunday Ottawa.
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