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Kessel, Penguins defeat Oilers in overtime

Forward scores at 42 seconds, Murray makes 29 saves for Pittsburgh

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Phil Kessel scored 42 seconds into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

After failing to convert on a 2-on-1 at 4:02 of the second period, Evgeni Malkin found Kessel again to set up his third goal of the season. Kessel's 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games have him tied for second, one point behind Malkin, on the Penguins.

"It feels good to get one in there," Kessel said. "I've had some chances and they haven't gone in, but it is what it is. Just keep going."

 

[WATCH: All Oilers vs. Penguins highlights]

 

With Edmonton trailing by one with 2:53 remaining in the third period, Connor McDavid scored for the first time since he had a hat trick in the Oilers season opener against the Calgary Flames to tie it 1-1. He shot over goalie Matt Murray's glove from the left circle.

Ian Cole scored for the seventh time in 178 games with the Penguins for a 1-0 lead at 3:24 of the third.

Pittsburgh (6-3-1) has won six of eight games since beginning the season 0-1-1. Edmonton (2-5-1) is 1-5-1 and lost six of seven since winning their season opener on Oct. 4.

McDavid again got the best of Sidney Crosby on the scoresheet when they met for the third time, and first time this season. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in three career NHL games against Pittsburgh, but was frustrated with Edmonton's inability to finish quality opportunities Tuesday.

"You're happy you're getting chances as a team. You're not happy you're not scoring," McDavid said. "Missing flat-out open nets and it's costing us. … We went through it a little bit last year later in the season, but we just have to relax. Just calm down. 

"I mean, we're getting these chances in front of the net that should be automatic and we're not scoring them, myself included."

Video: EDM@PIT: Cole roofs wrister to break scoreless tie

Crosby has won each of the three games, but has yet to score against the Oilers with McDavid in their lineup.

"We both had some chances," Crosby said. "I wouldn't say it's crazy competitive. We don't play each other that much. We're both trying to create chances and prevent them the other way."

The Oilers could have taken a 1-0 lead at several different points, with the best chances on a power play in the second period. Mark Letestu started a four-second flourish for Edmonton, when he forced Murray to make an improbable stick save at 8:21 before making another stop on Milan Lucic three seconds later.

Brian Dumoulin then blocked a shot from McDavid that seemed destined to score into an open net at 8:25.

"I'm going to make that same shot 100 times," Letestu said. "You have to, sometimes, give the goalie credit for the desperation there. He comes up with a big save, but we had a lot of chances around the net where we need some finish. Tonight there were opportunities for it and we didn't get it done." 

Murray made 29 saves for Pittsburgh. Cam Talbot made 42 for Edmonton.

Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz left after playing 5:51 in the first period. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Schultz had been diagnosed with a concussion.

Video: EDM@PIT: Murray denies McDavid's backhand in front

 

Goal of the game

Malkin carried the puck down the near wall before sliding a pass through Oscar Klefbom to Kessel, who drifted between the faceoff circles. Kessel sent a snap shot past Talbot for the game-winner.

Video: EDM@PIT: Kessel, Malkin combine for nifty OT winner

 

Save of the game

By turning away Letestu in the second period, Murray could have produced an early candidate for save of the year. With Murray scrambling, Letestu shot through Cole and toward a seemingly open net, but Murray reached back to tip it away with his stick blade.

Video: EDM@PIT: Murray reaches back for amazing stick save

 

Highlight of the game

Patrick Maroon helped facilitate McDavid's tying goal with a backhand pass from just inside the red line that sent McDavid into the offensive zone. McDavid slowed near the blue line, freezing Malkin, then sped forward while remaining onside. He collected the puck and shot past Murray just before Chad Ruhwedel could break up the play.

Video: EDM@PIT: McDavid goes top shelf to even game

 

They said it

"He's a dynamic player. He's one of those elite players in the League. He's hard to handle." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on McDavid

 

"I like the way we played. … They still had some shot barrages around our net that we can clean up." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan

 

Need to know

Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl (concussion) and Drake Caggiula (undisclosed) each returned to the lineup after missing four and fives games, respectively. … Forward Riley Sheahan made his Penguins debut after being acquired, along with a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He had one assist after failing to score in eight games with Detroit this season.

 

What's next

Oilers: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-SW+, NHL.TV)

Penguins: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, TSN3, NHL.TV)

 

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