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Schultz, Penguins get past Flames in OT

Defenseman scores at 2:36; Pittsburgh moves into second in Metropolitan

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Justin Schultz scored at 2:36 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win against the Calgary Flames at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

Schultz one-timed a pass from Phil Kessel into an open net from the left circle. 

"It was a tough game there," Schultz said. "[The Flames are] a good team. They're playing hard, obviously. They're trying to fight for a playoff spot. So, it was a tough game. I thought we were just average tonight. We didn't play our best, but we found a way to get the two points."

 

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Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and Tristan Jarry made 35 saves for Pittsburgh (38-25-4), which moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins trail the Washington Capitals by one point for first.

Jarry has stopped 60 of 65 shots in two straight starts in place of Matt Murray, who missed a fourth consecutive game with a concussion. 

"Like every position we have, performance is always going to be the dictator," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "The guys that play well are going to tend to get more of the ice time. Tristan has had a couple of pretty strong starts. I thought he was solid tonight. He made some real quality saves at key times that allowed us to get the win."

Video: CGY@PIT: Malkin steals the puck and scores

Jon Gillies made 28 saves for Calgary (32-25-10), which has lost four straight (0-3-1) and is three points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"The pucks were kind of bouncing all night on me," Gillies said. "So, kind of fighting the puck. But at the end of the day, wish I could have made more saves, but got a point out of it from a really good team game and hopefully we can get a win on Wednesday."

Chad Ruhwedel shot past Gillies' blocker to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 2:10 of the first period before Malkin extended the lead to 2-0 when he scored off a turnover 55 seconds later.

Malkin used his stick to knock down Gillies' pass along the end boards and shot into an open net before Gillies could get back in the crease.

Mark Giordano scored on a wrist shot at 6:14 to cut it to 2-1.

Video: CGY@PIT: Giordano scores from along the boards

Mikael Backlund tied it 2-2 at 10:18. After receiving a pass from Michael Frolik, Backlund dragged the puck around Kris Letang before deking Jarry and scoring on a backhand.

"I thought we played a good game," Backlund said. "It was a tight game. After the first, I thought we were a better team than in the first. … It was a tight game all the way until the end. Obviously, we wanted two points, but we'll take the one and we need two big wins here on the road."

Letang gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead at 17:01 of the second period. Malkin carried the puck up ice before passing to Letang, who shot over Gillies' shoulder from the right circle.

Troy Brouwer tied it 3-3 with 2.4 seconds left in the second, scoring from in front of the net after T.J. Brodie passed through Ruhwedel's legs above the crease.

 

Goal of the game

Schultz's goal at 2:36 of overtime.

Video: CGY@PIT: Schultz lasers home Kessel's feed in OT

 

Save of the game

Jarry's save on Dougie Hamilton at 1:37 of overtime.

Video: CGY@PIT: Jarry shuts down Hamilton's great chance

 

Highlight of the game

Backlund's goal at 10:18 of the first period.

Video: CGY@PIT: Backlund dekes past defense and scores

 

They said it

"I think the game was played back-and-forth. In the third, they were searching for a goal and to get the game. We finished the period really strong. We had so many scoring chances at the end. We could've taken the game there." -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang 

 

"Didn't get off to the start that we wanted. A couple goals there. I thought our response, though, right after, was really good. It showed a lot of character and resilience. I thought from then on, we had a pretty good road game." -- Flames coach Glen Gulutzan

 

Need to know

Schultz has four goals in 48 games after scoring 12 in 78 last season. … Flames forward Micheal Ferland returned after missing four games with an upper-body injury. He had one shot in 11:13. … The Penguins are 11-4 in overtime this season, including 10-1 in Pittsburgh. Their 10 home overtime wins are a franchise record. … Jarry (12-5-2) leads the NHL in wins by a rookie goaltender. … Malkin, who has 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists), tied Ron Francis for the fourth most 80-point seasons in Penguins history with five. He trails Mario Lemieux (11), Sidney Crosby (eight) and Jaromir Jagr (eight).

 

What's next

Flames: At the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Penguins: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Malkin, Schultz lead Penguins to OT win vs. Flames

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