Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon placed on a display that made Cole Harbour proud, and it was once MacKinnon who walked away with bragging rights for the Nova Scotia the city.
MacKinnon had a function and 3 assists, together with one on Gabe Landeskog’s tiebreaking ranking halfway during the 3rd duration, and the surging Colorado Avalanche overcame Crosby’s natural hat trick to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Wednesday evening.
MacKinnon’s staff received the matchup of place of origin stars, however Crosby just about stole it along with his 11th profession hat trick.
“It’s not easy when Sid gets going,” MacKinnon mentioned. “He starts kind of galloping out there.”
Colorado received its 6th immediately recreation and is Eight-Zero-1 in its final 9.
MacKinnon, 23, and Crosby, 31, are each former No. 1 general draft choices. They have develop into offseason coaching companions and feature made TV advertisements in combination. Those issues are set aside after they face every different two times a season, however Wednesday’s recreation would possibly get a 2d viewing after they get in combination.
“I’m sure this is a game we will talk about for a while,” MacKinnon mentioned. “We don’t play each other much, so for a regular-season game this is one of the fun ones I’ve been a part of. By Sid getting a hat trick and obviously us getting a big one.”
MacKinnon had an empty-net function with 29 seconds left, his 18th function of the season. Samuel Girard, Erik Johnson, Colin Wilson and Carl Soderberg additionally scored for Colorado, and Mikko Rantanen had two assists.
The Avalanche’s best line of MacKinnon, Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, who leads the NHL in scoring with 42 issues, had 8 issues and continues to dominate. Pittsburgh trainer Mike Sullivan didn’t hesitate when requested if the trio is the most productive he’s observed this season.
“Yes,” he mentioned. “They’re not easy to contain. They’re three elite players that are all on the same line.”
Sullivan has a two-time Hart Trophy winner in Crosby, and he placed on an MVP-worthy efficiency for the Penguins via erasing a Three-Zero deficit via himself.
He struck two times within the ultimate minute of the second one duration. His first function got here off his personal rebound on a breakaway with 52 seconds to move, and he scored once more with 10 seconds left with Colorado defenseman Patrik Nemeth off for containing. Crosby tied it at four:43 of the 3rd to finish his first hat trick of the season. He has 13 objectives.
“Sid tried to will us a win with his effort,” Sullivan mentioned. “I thought he was terrific. He was terrific all night long.”
Landeskog broke the tie along with his 15th function at 10:05. The Penguins pulled Tristan Jarry for an additional skater, however MacKinnon and Soderberg scored to seal it.
“We didn’t give up, so that’s a good thing,” Crosby mentioned. “Still, when you put yourself in that position to get back in the game after coming back from three you want to at least get a point out of it.”
Girard gave Colorado a 1-Zero lead along with his 2d function at 11:19 of the primary duration. Johnson scored at five:13 of the second one and Wilson made it Three-Zero at 7:52.
The Penguins challenged Johnson’s function for goaltender interference however it was once upheld upon overview.
Colorado D Tyson Barrie neglected his 2d immediately recreation with a lower-body damage. … Pittsburgh D Kris Letang, who set a franchise report for video games performed in Winnipeg on Tuesday, had his four-game level streak snapped. … Colorado is 1-1-1 in the second one recreation of back-to-back units this season. It is Three-1-Zero within the first recreation. … The first penalty wasn’t referred to as till Crosby drew a holding-the-stick minor 49 seconds into the second one duration. Colorado’s Alexander Kerfoot were given a high-sticking minor 19 seconds later.
Penguins: Host Philadelphia on Saturday evening.
Avalanche: Host St. Louis on Friday evening.