Penguins rating 5 unanswered objectives to rally previous Golden Knights 5-3

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Jason Zucker scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3 on Monday night time.

It was an ideal birthday homecoming for Zucker, who grew up in Las Vegas till he was 15 and turned 30 on Sunday.

Zucker began the Penguins’ comeback with their first aim within the second interval, then netted the equalizer early within the third.

“We’re back in Vegas, so not a better time for him to have a great game,” stated ahead Kasperi Kapanen, who assisted on each of Zucker’s objectives.

Pittsburgh scored 5 unanswered to enhance to 13-2-0 since Dec. 4, together with a 4-2-0 mark on its six-game journey — the workforce’s longest of the season.

“Down 3-0 at the end of a long road trip, it would have been easy to start feeling sorry for ourselves and pack it in,” defenseman Mike Matheson stated. “We did the complete opposite.”

Pittsburgh Penguins heart Teddy Blueger, proper, celebrates his aim in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights throughout the second interval of an NHL hockey sport Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/David Becker)

Teddy Blueger, Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby additionally scored for the Penguins, and Tristan Jarry made 22 saves.

Chandler Stephenson, Evgenii Dadonov and Nic Roy scored for Vegas, which was outshot for the primary time in 24 video games. Robin Lehner made 32 saves however dropped to 2-4-3 in his profession in opposition to the Penguins.

Pittsburgh allowed three objectives within the first interval for the primary time this season. But after the Golden Knights’ third, they went with no shot for 12 1/2 minutes whereas letting the Penguins climb again into the sport.

First, it was Zucker in the course of a scrum in entrance of the crease, jamming the puck previous Lehner on an influence play. Just 29 seconds later, Blueger backhanded a rebound right into a wide-open internet, reducing Vegas’ result in 3-2 halfway by means of the second interval.

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The Penguins struck 28 seconds into the third with Zucker’s second of the sport, and 1:44 later they took a 4-3 lead on Guentzel’s aim, deflating the gang of 18,213.

Crosby’s empty-netter with 1:08 left supplied the ultimate margin.

“The character in the room showed tonight,” Pittsburgh ahead Jeff Carter stated. “We know we haven’t performed our greatest hockey all through this journey and I feel we needed to return into tonight and have a very strong 60 minutes. We’re gonna name it a very strong 40 minutes now. Guys dug deep.

“That’s a heck of a hockey team over there. We had to work and earn everything that we got tonight and I think up and down throughout the lineup we got contributions from everybody.”

Vegas, which had 5 days off because of video games in Edmonton and Calgary being postponed, dropped to 2-3-2 since Dec. 31, with all seven video games coming at house.

“We got outworked in that second period and we couldn’t find it again the rest of the night,” captain Mark Stone stated. “You don’t want to lose at home. We pride ourselves on being a good home team. It’s been a tough stretch for us against good teams, but you’ve got to find a way to get points. Leading 3-0 after the first period, you can’t walk away from the game with nothing. We’ve got a little soul searching to do.”

Stephenson opened the scoring on Vegas’ first shot, as he raced down the left facet and fired the puck between Jarry’s pads 3:43 into the sport.

Vegas made it 2-0 when Stone fired a shot from the slot and Dadonov was there for the redirect previous Jarry.

Roy obtained his eighth of the season when he gathered a free puck off Alex Pietrangelo’s shot and buried it for a power-play aim with 30 seconds left within the first.

“That’s a very good team over there, a very resilient team with veteran, great players,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer stated. “It comes down to little details at key moments in the game. They were better than us in some of those.”

NOTES: Penguins D Kris Letang is three video games shy of 900 in his profession. … D Shea Theodore performed in his three hundredth sport with Vegas. … Golden Knights D Ben Hutton performed in his four-hundredth profession sport. … Pietrangelo is one level wanting 500 in his profession.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Golden Knights: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

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