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After Sidney Crosby ties it, Penguins win in shootout

Pittsburgh captain scores with 14 seconds left against Devils

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- When the Pittsburgh Penguins needed a late goal Saturday, Sidney Crosby rose to the occasion.

Crosby scored the tying goal with 14 seconds left, and Kris Letang scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Penguins a 4-3 win against the New Jersey Devils at PPG Paints Arena.

 

WATCH: All Devils vs. Penguins highlights 

 

Crosby roofed a shot to tie it 3-3 with his NHL-leading 15th goal.

"I think Sid is probably the best in the League in front of the net because he has such a great stick," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He can pull the puck through traffic, out of people's feet, between sticks, and still has the poise and the presence of mind to make the right play to score. I thought it was a great goal all-around."

Letang went forehand-to-backhand to beat goalie Keith Kinkaid. Penguins goalie Matt Murray stopped PA Parenteau, Michael Cammalleri and Travis Zajac.

Letang said he observed Kinkaid's tendencies when Evgeni Malkin and Crosby were denied in the first two rounds.

"The first two guys that went, he's kind of deep in his net," Letang said. "So you have to try to elevate the puck and make him go down."

Video: NJD@PIT: Letang shows off hands for shootout winner

New Jersey lost 5-4 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Kinkaid made 46 saves Saturday.

"I'm really proud of the way our team battled and competed coming in on back-to-back nights," Devils coach John Hynes said. "Playing against a really good Pittsburgh team, I thought you saw the competitive level throughout the game. Once again, we give ourselves [a chance] to win a game and get points out of a game."

After allowing the Penguins (13-6-3) to take a 2-1 lead with goals early in the second period, the Devils (10-6-5) answered with two.

Vernon Fiddler scored his first goal of the season, shorthanded, to tie the score 2-2 4:00 into the second. The goal was Fiddler's first in 21 games with the Devils after spending his previous five seasons with the Dallas Stars.

Cammalleri's second goal of the game gave New Jersey its second lead, 3-2, 9:19 into the second. Pavel Zacha set up Cammalleri in the right circle, where he dropped to one knee and put a slap shot under Murray's blocker for a power-play goal.

Video: NJD@PIT: Cammalleri bangs home one-timer for PPG

Cammalleri, who has scored in three consecutive games, sent a wrist shot past Murray's blocker to put the Devils ahead 1-0 3:33 into the first period. Each of his seven goals this season have come in his past five games since failing to score in his first 10.

Pittsburgh's offense ignited early in the second period when rookie forward Jake Guentzel snuck a shot past Kinkaid to tie it 1-1 at 1:23. Guentzel, who made his NHL debut on Monday, has scored three goals in two home games.

Tom Kuhnhackl gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead with his first goal of the season 2:38 into the second.

 

Goal of the game

Crosby got the puck after a shot from Malkin bounced through skates in the Devils crease. Crosby lifted a shot over Kinkaid to tie the game.

Video: NJD@PIT: Crosby ties the game with 14 seconds left

 
Save of the game

Nick Lappin went on a breakaway with a chance to extend the Devils' lead midway through the second period. Lappin backhanded a shot, but Murray stretched to make a toe save with 9:48 remaining.

Video: NJD@PIT: Murray stones Lappin's break with skate save

 
Highlight of the game

Fiddler drove down the near wall while holding off Letang. Fiddler forced his way to the net and backhanded a shot through Murray's five-hole for New Jersey's first of two second-period goals.

Video: NJD@PIT: Fiddler holds off the defender to pot SHG 

 
Unsung moment of the game

Cammalleri had two chances to seal a win for the Devils in the final minute of the third period but missed an empty net each time.

 

They said it

"I'm just trying to stay patient there. … There are so many bodies and guys fighting for it. I just tried to wait it out." -- Penguins forward Sidney Crosby on his tying goal

"We were resilient all night. I think we had that belief on our bench." -- Penguins goalie Matt Murray

"If I scored on the empty net when I had it on my stick twice, that would've iced the game. I feel like I should've been able to do that." -- Devils forward Michael Cammalleri

 

Need to know

Pittsburgh juggled its lines by moving forward Matt Cullen to Crosby's left wing and reuniting the "HBK Line" of Nick Bonino centering Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel. … Kinkaid started after backing up Cory Schneider on Friday. Kinkaid has started four November games after starting once in October.

 

What's next

Devils: At the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Penguins: At the New York Islanders on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

Video: Crosby's goal forces OT as Penguins win in SO, 4-3

 

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