The Penguins quickly erased a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 in a shootout against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday in Pittsburgh, extending their winning streak to five.
The local favorites needed just nine seconds to tie the game in the third period. Kasperi Kapanen first hit the target, then Jeff Carter took advantage of a very poor outing by goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck to bring the two teams back on an even footing.
Sidney Crosby was then the lone scorer in the shootout. Tristan Jarry, meanwhile, made 27 saves in the victory.
The Jets had started the game the right way. In his second game since returning to action, captain Blake Wheeler hit the target after just 3:28 into the first period. In second, his teammate Kyle Connor, for his part, scored his 22e countryside fillet.
Despite an error, Hellebuyck has little to be ashamed of in this encounter. He was indeed bombarded with 38 shots, yielding twice.
The Jets will return to Winnipeg after an eight-game road streak. The Manitoba squad have lost their last four outings and are 3-3-2 on the trip, which began Jan. 2.
Coming home will be far from easy, however. The Florida Panthers, first overall in the National Hockey League, will indeed be the visitors on Tuesday.