The end of the nightmare for the Penguins

The end of the nightmare for the Penguins


Led by captain Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins ended their four-game losing streak by defeating none other than the Colorado Avalanche. Almost unbeatable lately, Jared Bednar's troops were defeated 5-2 on Wednesday night at the Ball Arena.

The visitors used great means to overcome Alexander Georgiev, victorious in his last five starts. The “Pens” fired 45 shots towards the net of the Avalanche goaltender.

Crosby opened the scoring in the first period with his 30th goal. This is the 11th season the No. 87 has reached this plateau with the Penguins, earning him fourth in league history. Only Alex Ovechkin (17), Gordie Howe (14) and Bobby Hull (13) have achieved more with the same team.

Another veteran, Jeff Carter, helped Pittsburgh defeat the Avalanche with a double. The 38-year-old striker completed two magnificent passing games from his teammates. Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust (in an empty net) completed the scoring.

For Colorado, this is the first loss in seven games. J.T. Compher and Devon Toews hit the target, and Nathan MacKinnon had a 90th point. The Nova Scotian has reached that milestone four times, but is still chasing a 100-point first season.

Eastern Conference standings Penguins (80 points) are ironed in front of the Florida Panthers (79) and hold the last ticket giving access to the playoffs. The New York Islanders are just ahead at 82 points, but have played one more game.