Sidney Crosby scored twice and goaltender Tristan Jarry stopped all 22 shots he faced Monday as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped the visiting Seattle Kraken’s franchise-record nine-game winning streak with their 3-0 victory.
The shutout was Jarry’s fifth of the season, 18th of his career and first against Seattle.
Drew O’Connor also scored, and Rickard Rakell had two assists for the Penguins, who had lost two straight overtime games and were 9-3-3 in their previous 15 games. They picked up their first home win in the series history (1-1-1).
The Kraken also had their 13-game point streak (11-0-2) halted.
Seattle goaltender Joey Daccord, who had wins in eight starts in a row, made 30 saves.
The Kraken played without defenseman and leading scorer Vince Dunn, who was a surprise scratch because of an unspecified injury, as well as forwards Matty Beniers and Andre Burakovsky, who both left the team’s previous game because of undisclosed injuries.
After a scoreless first period during which the Penguins seemed to have the better chances and outshot Seattle 12-6, they moved ahead in the second.
O’Connor gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead 49 seconds into the middle period. Bryan Rust, from the far side of the left dot, patiently waited for O’Connor to get to a good spot, then let loose with a backhand pass. As he got to the right hashmarks, O’Connor one-timed the puck over Daccord’s glove.
Crosby, 2:43 later, upped it to 2-0 with his 25th goal. He got set up in the right circle and one-timed a feed from Kris Letang past Daccord’s blocker.
Crosby added an empty-netter with 2:21 left.
The game was played five hours earlier than originally scheduled so it would not conflict with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ AFC wild-card game that was rescheduled from Sunday to Monday due to a blizzard in Buffalo, N.Y., where the game was being played.
–Field Level Media
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