Pittsburgh scores first six goals of game, holds on to snap Minnesota’s six-game point streak 26 Jan 18

Pittsburgh scored two goals in the first period, two more in the second and two more in the third, as the Wild lost to the Penguins for the first time in four meetings. 

The Pens led 6-0 at one point in the third period before the Wild got goals from Eric Staal, Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin 3:02 apart midway through the final period, making things interesting for a bit. 

Unfortunately for the Wild, it couldn’t claw any closer. 

The usual suspects were at it for the Penguins on Thursday, with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel leading the offensive charge for the Penguins. Crosby and Kessel each had three assists while Malkin scored two goals and had an assist. 

Carl Hagelin and Dominik Simon each had two-point nights, with Simon scoring twice and Hegelin mixing in one goal and one assist.

Each of Malkin’s goals deflected off the skate of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, eluding goaltender Devan Dubnyk in the first period and Alex Stalock in the third.

Dubnyk was lifted midway through the game after giving up four goals. It was an unfortunate turn of events for Dubnyk, who has been fantastic of late, as there was little he could do about any of the goals. 

In its final game before the All-Star break, the Wild saw its six-game point streak snapped as well as its three-game winning streak against the Penguins.