The Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Penguins cut into the lead in the second and appeared to be on the verge of evening the score. However, Kari Lehtonen made a crucial save on Maxime Talbot and the Stars responded to take a 3-1 lead en route to a 5-2 victory.
The Penguins let out a little of their frustrations as the game featured four fights and 66 total penalty minutes between the teams.
Pittsburgh had the best road record in the NHL coming into the game. The Penguins will look to get back on track Friday night in Anaheim for the second leg of this three-game, four-night, three-time zone road trip. It’s a brutal travel schedule for Pittsburgh, but Dan Bylsma’s clubs have always had success in hostile settings.
Tyler Kennedy played much bigger than his 5-foot-11 stature. Kennedy scored his third goal of the season with a head’s up play in the second period. After a stalemate faceoff in the offensive zone, Kennedy alertly slipped into the dot and lifted a backhander over the arm of goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Kennedy really stepped up for his teammates late in the first period. After Dallas’ Jamie Benn took a shot on Evgeni Malkin, Kennedy dropped the gloves and went toe-to-toe with the Star. Kennedy held his own and sent a message to the Stars that those extra shots won’t be tolerated.
The Stars had a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Penguins came storming back in the second period. Tyler Kennedy made it a 2-1 game six minutes into the frame. Pittsburgh had all the momentum and was attacking the net with frequency.
The Penguins nearly evened the score off of a rush play. Maxime Talbot had the puck on his stick after a great two-on-one setup. However, goalie Kari Lehtonen slid to his right and got a pad on the puck. One minute later the Stars scored to make it a 3-1 game and Dallas never looked back.
DALLAS (AP) - Loui Eriksson scored twice - including a penalty-shot goal - Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves, and the Dallas Stars earned a fight-filled 5-2 victory over Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Crosby, who entered the night with only four penalty minutes this season and rarely fights, squared off against Matt Niskanen at 12:33 of the second period while Pittsburgh trailed 4-1.
That was one of four bouts in the first two periods.
• It’s a rare night when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby drops the gloves, but he always makes the most of it when he does. Crosby sparred with defenseman Matt Niskanen in the second period. Crosby dragged Niskanen around the ice while landing several shots. Crosby gets the KO in this one.
• Fighting was the theme of the night as the Penguins stole a page out of “Slapshot.” Other than Crosby, Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang also fought. The two teams combined for 66 penalty minutes.
• Mike Comrie appeared to get his first goal as a Penguin when a shot went off his body and into the goal during a Penguins’ power play. However, the puck went off his glove and the referees waived it off.
• The Stars were the beneficiary of a penalty shot in the second period. Alex Goligoski hauled down Loui Eriksson on a breakaway. Even though Eriksson didn’t appear to be “in the act of shooting,” he was awarded a penalty shot. Eriksson made some fancy moves with the puck before sliding it across the goal line. That made it a 4-1 game.
• Pascal Dupuis missed the game to be in Pittsburgh with his wife Carole-Lyne for the birth of their daughter, Lola. It is the fourth child in the Dupuis family. Congrats, get yourself some pink cigars.