When Sidney Crosby announced he was coming back this morning for the Pittsburgh Penguins, many people thought it wasn’t going to matter because of how bad the defense and the goaltending has been as of late. Crosby was a major difference in this game as he scored a goal and recorded two assists in a 5-1 win for the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Dallas Stars.
Jake Guentzel scored on a one-timer 3:58 into the game for Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 2:08 later in the first for the Penguins. Crosby scored 3:58 later in the first for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Patric Hornqvist scored for Pittsburgh 3:20 into the second-period. Tanner Pearson scored his second goal as a member of the Penguins 5:32 later in the second-period.
The Pittsburgh Penguins chased Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin from the game. He made 11 saves. Landon Bow made 14 saves in relief.
Roope Hintz scored the lone goal of the game for Dallas 7:55 into the third-period.
Casey DeSmith got another start for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Many people expected Matt Murray to get the start in this game after DeSmith gave up five goals in an overtime loss against the Buffalo Sabres at home on Monday night.
Casey DeSmith made 18 saves. He will start again in net in either Friday’s contest on the road against the Boston Bruins or in Saturday night’s contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets at home.
The Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face each other one more time this season. The Stars next opponent is against the Ottawa Senators at home on Friday night.