Printed on: January 26, 2013
Jets down Penguins in 4-2 win
Sidney Crosby appeared to put the Pittsburgh Penguins on their way to an easy road win -- until the Winnipeg Jets took back their rink.
The Jets shrugged off an early two-goal deficit to beat the Penguins 4-2 on Friday for their first home win of the season.
Captain Andrew Ladd scored the winner in the second period, while Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler, with a late empty-net goal, also scored for the Jets.
"I thought the leadership really did a wonderful job in handling the game," said coach Claude Noel, who has been preaching a tighter defensive style.
It didn't start all that well, after Crosby put on a scoring clinic in the first with two goals to give the Penguins the lead.
"We didn't manage the puck very well," Noel said. "They forced us quickly to play a quick north and south game and we turned a lot of pucks over."
Winnipeg benefited from some great saves by Ondrej Pavelec, and Crosby said he wasn't happy with the way the Penguins performed after the first.
"We got some good chances, put a couple in," Crosby said. "On the road, with a 2-0 lead in the first, that's a pretty good position to be in. . . . I think we got away from the way we were playing and they just stuck with things.
"They kept playing the same way, didn't make a lot of mistakes and ended up capitalizing on ours."
The sellout crowd was loud as the Jets shot for their first home win of the season, but Crosby silenced them at just 4:26.
He raised one past Pavelec's right shoulder on the short side, grazing the post and slipping through a gap.
A little more than 10 minutes later, Crosby skated in front of the net and finessed a soft backhander past Pavelec and Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien before either knew what happened. It was Crosby's third goal of the early season.
Around the NHL
Bruins 4, Islanders 2: At Boston, Zdeno Chara scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves, lifting the Bruins over the Islanders. Patrice Bergeron, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell also scored for Boston, which improved to 3-0-1.
Red Wings 5, Wild 2: At Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift the Red Wings over the Wild. Pavel Datsyuk, who assisted on Zetterberg's goal, put Detroit ahead by two late in the second period.
Devils 3, Capitals 2, OT: At Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:39 into overtime, and the Devils won their third straight game to start the season. Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey, which is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season, the last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup.
Hurricanes 3, Sabres 1: At Buffalo, N.Y., Jay Harrison scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left, helping the Hurricanes beat the Sabres. Harrison fired a slap shot from the right point after Eric Staal won the faceoff, and the puck beat Buffalo's Ryan Miller on the short side.
Lightning 6, Senators 4: At Tampa, Fla., Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals as the Lightning beat the Senators.
CANUCKS 5, DUCKS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Cory Schneider made 30 saves in his fifth career shutout, Mason Raymond scored twice, and the Vancouver Canucks avenged last week's blowout loss to Anaheim with three power-play goals in a win over the Ducks.