Penguins win ninth straight, score three in third to rally past Blues


PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues scored 12 seconds apart late in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to nine games with a 5-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday.

Crosby tied it 3-3 by corralling a shot from Jake Guentzel for a wrist shot from just outside the crease at 12:23. St. Louis was unsuccessful on a challenge for goaltender interference, and Rodrigues scored with a one-timer on the ensuing power play to put Pittsburgh ahead at 12:35.

Bryan Rust scored twice and had an assist, and Tristan Jarry made 13 saves in relief for the Penguins (19-8-5), who have not lost since Dec. 1. Jarry, in his return from missing one game while in NHL COVID-19 protocol, entered after Casey DeSmith allowed three goals on 16 shots before being pulled at 13:49 of the second period.

Brayden Schenn scored his 200th NHL goal in his return from an upper-body injury, and Jordan Kyrou scored for the fourth time in three games for the Blues (19-10-5), who had won three straight. Jordan Binnington made 36 saves.

Brock McGinn tapped in a pass from Teddy Blueger for the 5-3 final with 1:39 remaining.

Schenn gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with a snap shot on a power play 20 seconds into the second period.

Kyrou made it 2-0 at 8:45 of the second on a wrist shot from the slot set up by Vladimir Tarasenko.

Rust cut it to 2-1 on a power play at 13:30 of the second by batting a puck out of midair with a backhand.

Colton Parayko scored 19 seconds later on a wrist shot to make it 3-1 at 13:49, chasing DeSmith.

Rust took a pass from Crosby for a wrist shot, cutting it to 3-2 at 15:46 of the second.

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