January 1, 2019 / 2:10 AM / 5 months ago

Penguins defeat Wild for sixth straight win

EditorsNote: Removes second reference of Parise’s first name; minor edits throughout

Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist Monday as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins won their sixth straight game, 3-2 over the slumping Minnesota Wild.

Kessel has three goals and 10 points in the past four games. Crosby, playing in his 900th career game, registered his fourth straight multiple-point game and has 16 points over his past nine games.

Riley Sheahan scored what stood as the winner for Pittsburgh, making it 3-1 in the second period.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith made 31 saves for the Penguins.

Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist and Zach Parise scored a goal for Minnesota, which is on a 1-5-1 skid with just 10 goals in those seven games.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 of 32 Pittsburgh shots.

Koivu opened the scoring at 5:27 of the first on a Wild power play. Off the rush, he took a pass from Nino Niederreiter at the stop of the slot and got off a shot that squeezed between DeSmith’s right arm and his body.

Crosby tied it at 15:43, also on a power play. He shoveled a one-timer past Dubnyk for his 18th goal after a nicely threaded pass from Kessel.

With 21 seconds left in the period, Kessel gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead after Zach Aston-Reese stole the puck from Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon in the Wild end. Kessel, after a cross-zone pass, carried the puck toward net and, from nearly beside it, threw the puck in front. It glanced off the blade of defenseman Ryan Suter and past Dubnyk.

Minnesota’s Luke Kunin deflected a pass from Parise past DeSmith at 6:11 of the second, but it was immediately ruled no goal because Kunin’s stick was too elevated.

Sheahan upped the Penguins’ lead to 3-1 at 10:19 of the second. His shot from the right dot hit the blade of the Wild’s Marcus Foligno and skipped over Dubnyk’s blocker.

Parise closed it to 3-2 at 15:55 of the third when he moved in from the left wall and clanked a shot in off the far post.

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