The Penguins had leads of 2-0 and 3-2, but the Edmonton Oilers battled back and pulled out a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory at Rexall Place Friday night.
"It wasn't what they did, it was what we did. We really didn't do much," Brandon Sutter said. "We had our moments, but for the most part we weren't desperate enough and definitely gave it to them. That's not what we came here to do."
The Penguins entered the third period with a two-goal lead. Pittsburgh had been 20-2 when leading after two periods.
But the Oilers struck on the power-play from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to get on the board. Halfway through the third period Taylor Hall would score to tie the game at 2-2.
The Penguins regained the lead following Kris Letang's power-play goal at 12:16 of the third. But Anton Belov scored his first career NHL goal to tie the game with just 1:59 left.
Thanks to a late penalty in the third period, the Oilers were able to strike again, and again from Nugent-Hopkins, in overtime to defeat the Penguins.
"I don't think we matched their desperation," said Sidney Crosby, who scored his first career goal against Edmonton in the contest. "Being up two, you should find a way to close the game out. We knew they would come hard and make a big push in the third."
"You don't deserve to win games when you play like that in the third."
If there is one area to point to for the Penguins' loss, it is the penalties that team took.
"A big part of the game was the penalties we took," head coach Dan Bylsma said. ³We took a penalty while on the power play twice. We took a penalty behind their net in the offensive zone at the end of the game that turns into the game-winning goal."
Evgeni Malkin (interference, roughing) and Letang (check to the head) took the penalties when the team was on the power play. Sutter (slashing) was called for just his fifth minor penalty of the season with 23.5 seconds left in the third.
PK STREAK ENDS
The Pens' penalty killers entered the game against the Oilers having gone a season-long (tied) six straight games without allowing a power-play goal. In that stretch they went a perfect 16-for-16.
Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ended that streak in the third period with one flick of the wrist for the Oilers¹ first goal of the game. He also scored the last goal of the game on the man-advantage off a nice cross-crease pass from Jordan Eberle.
The Pens have still gone six of the last seven games without giving up a power-play goal. And during that stretch they are 18-for-20 (90 percent).
An interesting altercation took place near the end of the second period. The Penguins were leading 2-0 and were on a power play with one minute to play in the second frame.
Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk lost his goalie stick. The twig ended up under the skate of Malkin at the side of the net. Malkin kicked the stick away and Dubnyk ran after Malkin. Blows were thrown between the two men before both teams came together.
Malkin was assessed an interference penalty for pushing the stick away, and a roughing penalty for the altercation. Dubnyk was given a roughing penalty. The penalties negated the Pittsburgh power play, and would lead to the Oilers' man-advantage goal at the beginning of the third period.
Author: Sam Kasan