PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored the second of his two goals in 2:21 of overtime for his 1,400th career point as the Pittsburgh Penguins lost four games to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday. started the series. ,
Crosby added an assist in his 1,100th game, becoming the seventh fastest player in NHL history to reach the 1,400-point milestone. It was also Crosby’s 77th game-winning goal, behind Evgeny Malkin and Jaromir Jagar for the most goals scored in the team’s history.
On his latest winner, Crosby received a pass from Rickard Raquel and sent it past David Ritich near the post.
Jason Zucker also scored in regulation and Raquel assisted in all three goals for the Penguins, who have only won three of their last 10 matches. Casey Desmith blocked 33 shots for Pittsburgh, which secured a four-point advantage over Washington for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Matt Duchenne and Nick Cousins scored for Nashville, which lost for the second time in a row. The Predators have dropped three of their last five, after recently winning 11 out of a total of 17. Ritchie scored 27 goals.
Cousins gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 4:31 of the third period when he sent a failed Pittsburgh clearing attempt over Desmith’s shoulder from the slot.
Zucker tied for Pittsburgh at 8:53 of third when he took a pass from Crosby and sent a backhander past Retich from the slot. It was his first goal since January 17, as he recently returned from injury after missing 40 of his last 42 matches.
Crosby opened the scoring at 4:58. Raquel made a turnover in the corner and fed to Crosby, who ripped a timer behind Retich from a left faceoff dot.
Duchenne tied it on a partial breakaway with 11 seconds left in the first. Penguins’ Marcus Pettersson fell into the play, creating a breakaway, as Duchenne defeated DeSmith with a forehand deque.
Desmith tied the game from 1 to two periods as the Predators took advantage of 18-4 shots through 28 minutes. He saved a desperate left pad on Tanner Zenot and made a point-blank stop on Duchenne during a Predators power-play.
Crosby climbs the ranks
Crosby passed Jari Kuri for 22nd on the NHL’s career points list with his assist on Zucker’s goal.
With 1,400 points, Crosby is two behind Alex Ovechkin in 21st place in league history. Only Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yazerman reached 1,400 points with a franchise.
Crosby became the first player in franchise history to appear in 1,100 games with Pittsburgh and the fifth member of his draft class to hit the mark. Crosby has the seventh-most points through 1,100 games in NHL history—and the sixth-most, not including Lemieux, who did not play 1,100 career games.
The Predators opened the third period on the power play. Malkin was rated a four-minute double minor when he cross-checked Mark Borovicki in the face, which showed blood. Borovicki, who was not on the bench to start the third period, was given a short minor.
Brian Boyle of Pittsburgh shortened a minor during the penalty kill, giving Nashville a five-three score for 35 seconds, but the Penguins hit the opening penalty.
NOTES: Duchenne is tied for the single-season franchise record with teammate Philipp Forsberg, with both scoring career-best 38 goals. … Mikel Granlund assisted in Duchenne’s first-period goal and is one away from 300 in his career. … G Juuse Saros did not wear clothes for hunters due to a non-Covid-related illness. Conor Ingram was recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) and backed by Retich.
The Predators: Open a five-game homestand on Tuesday against San Jose.
PENGUIN: Visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
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