PITTSBURGH (AP) — Newly-acquired Jason Zucker scored his first two objectives with the Pittsburgh Penguins throughout a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night time.
Zucker scored his 15th and 16th of the season in a 1:42 span, with Montreal’s Tomas Tatar getting a aim in between. Zucker offered 2-Zero and 3-1 leads and has 9 objectives in 12 profession video games in opposition to the Canadiens.
Kris Letang scored a power-play aim in opposition to his hometown staff and his 13th total of the season, and Zach Aston-Reese added an empty-net aim.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had three assists. He has factors in 9 of 11 video games since getting back from core muscle surgical procedure on Jan. 14, together with a present three-game level streak. He has 5 objectives and 17 factors in his final 11 video games.
Tristan Jarry made 34 saves for the Penguins, who moved inside three factors of first-place within the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh has 10 wins in its final 14 video games.
Tatar scored his 21st of the season for Montreal, which misplaced its third straight after profitable 9 of 12.
Carey Value made 24 saves for the Canadiens, who failed to attain greater than two objectives in every of their previous 4 video games.
The Penguins acquired Zucker from the Minnesota Wild on Monday for ahead Alex Galchenyuk, defensive prospect Calen Addison and a conditional 2020 first-round decide.
Pittsburgh spent the earlier 5 weeks seeking to exchange All-Star ahead Jake Guentzel, who’s out till late April after injuring his proper shoulder on Dec. 30. Zucker’s arrival offers the Penguins’ top-six ahead group a jolt and extra scoring depth as Pittsburgh prepares for an additional playoff push.
Zucker made his Penguins’ debut Tuesday in opposition to Tampa Bay skating on Crosby’s wing. He tied for a team-best 5 pictures however did not rating.
Pittsburgh scored the primary aim of the sport on the ability play at 7:25 of the second interval. Letang beat Value to the glove facet with a wrist shot from the appropriate faceoff dot. Letang, who continued a four-game level streak, has 28 factors in 35 profession video games in opposition to his hometown staff.
Zucker scored his first aim at 18:00 of the second interval. Crosby set it up with the Penguins off the push. He handed from beneath the underside of the left circle, by way of two defensemen to Zucker, who one-timed a shot off Value’s glove and into the online.
Tatar scored a power-play aim for Montreal at 19:06 of the second, however Zucker answered for Pittsburgh 36 seconds later.
Zucker, with Canadiens’ D Brett Kulak on his again, chipped a cross from Marcus Pettersson over Value’s glove from the slot, giving Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead with 17.1 seconds left within the interval.
NOTES: Pittsburgh has 10 wins in its final 14 video games in opposition to Montreal. … The Penguins are the second staff within the NHL to win 20 residence video games. They’ve factors in 24 of 29 video games at residence this season. Canadiens captain Shea Weber will miss four-to-six weeks with a sprained ankle. … Canadiens F Paul Byron, who has missed the final 41 video games, stays day-to-day with a knee harm. … Canadiens F Nate Thompson performed after he was a game-time choice with an sickness. … Montreal scored its 21,600th aim in staff historical past.
Canadiens: Host Dallas on Saturday.
Penguins: Host Detroit on Sunday.
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