Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Penguins' Sidney Crosby has 4-point night in return from injury

Penguins' Sidney Crosby has 4-point night in return from injury

His best stretch came midway through the third period when he scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Penguins a 5-2 lead. Jared McCann scored for the fourth time in five games with Pittsburgh, Dominik Simon added his fifth and Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots to 11-0-1 in his last 12 starts against Western Conference opponents. The Penguins are seventh in the league in goals against after finishing 14th in the category a year ago, when they were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Islanders. They are coming into this game on a 3-game losing streak and a run that has seen them go 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. Crosby isn't concerned about his return disrupting the identity the club has forged while watching from the press box.

The Penguins were shockingly good while Crosby was sidelined, ranking first in the National Hockey League in Points% (.714), going 18-6-4 while averaging the sixth-most goals for (3.36) and ninth least goals against (2.79).

Instead, he left the fancy stuff to the rest of the Penguins.

Crosby returns to a team that was 18-6-4 since he was injured on November 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks and sits six points from Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Crosby, who has been participating in full-contact practice with the Penguins since Saturday, took 21 shifts in the victory, logging 17:53 of ice time.

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Malkin scored another power-play goal to make it 4-0, then the Wild finally broke the shutout with a goal by Zach Parise, and later Foligno scored to make it 4-2 in the third. Minnesota would get no closer.

Minnesota ended up playing with five defenders instead of the usual six after the coaching staff inadvertently listed defender Greg Pateryn as a healthy scratch. Pateryn dressed expecting to play but was sent back to the locker room just before the opening faceoff when officials noticed Minnesota had 19 skaters dressed instead of the typical 18 (and two goalies). Center Ryan Donato, who was supposed to be struck, instead watched the game from the bench and saw no ice time.

Simon and McCann each had a goal and an assist in the win and helped team up for a highlight reel goal of their own. At home, the Penguins have been very tough to beat, going 16-5-3, although just 10-14 ATS in those games.

Penguins: Begin a two-game road trip on Thursday in Boston.

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