04-17-2019, 06:32 AM
DALLAS (AP) — Jared McCann is pretty sure his pirouette wasn’t as graceful as one might see from Carolina Hurricanes Hoodies Authentic , say, Sidney Crosby.The result was good enough for Pittsburgh.McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins with three short-handed goals. He has four overall this season.The Penguins stayed even with the New York Islanders for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 93 points, a point behind Washington. The Islanders currently hold the tiebreaker with a game in hand.The Stars finished a five-game homestand with their fourth loss, three in regulation. Dallas holds the first wild card in the Western Conference by two points over Colorado with Minnesota a point behind the Avalanche.Dallas was looking for its first lead after Jack Johnson was called for holding and the Penguins were just trying to clear the puck when Teddy Blueger poked it away from John Klingberg at center ice. McCann took the pass as he was spinning and flipped the puck over Anton Khudobin.“I think I’ve seen Sid do that move a couple times,” McCann said. “Obviously it’s not as pretty when I do it.”No worries. The Pittsburgh star approved.“You’re thinking they could possibly get one on us,” Crosby said. “To be able to just try to hold them off would have been great. Then to score one’s a big boost. He was great all game but that was a pretty unbelievable goal.”Matt Murray Carolina Hurricanes Hats Authentic , who made 29 saves, kept the Penguins in front by stopping a shot from Tyler Seguin and keeping the puck between his legs behind him as he was sprawled on the ice with Alexander Radulov trying to poke it into the net.The Stars had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 80 seconds after Bryan Rust was called for holding, but couldn’t get one past Murray. Khudobin had 27 saves.“We had plenty of opportunities to score on a power play and tie it up coming down the stretch. And your best players got to lead you there,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “Just like the credit when we beat Florida. They also got to be the guys that take ownership when things don’t go well on the power play.”Jake Guentzel opened the scoring with his team-leading 38th goal for Pittsburgh in the first period. In the second, Phil Kessel stole a pass from Roman Polak behind the net and fed it to McCann for an easy tally. Kessel also assisted on Guentzel’s goal.The Stars scored two tying goals in the second. Seguin easily beat Murray on a cross-ice feed from Radulov barely a minute into the period. Andrew Cogliano pulled Dallas even at 2-2 with 80 seconds left by beating Murray in transition after taking a pass in stride from Klingberg.“Letting up a short-handed today, probably shouldn’t happen,” Klingberg said. “But I feel like we still have a lot of confidence in this team and in this room. This time of year you’ve got to stay grounded emotionally, wins or losses.”NOTES: Stars D Jamie Oleksiak was a healthy scratch in his first game against Pittsburgh since the Penguins traded him back to Dallas in January. The Stars sent Oleksiak to the Penguins in December 2017. Both deals involved a fourth-round pick. … Not long after scoring the game’s first goal, Guentzel was stopped on a one-timer right in front of Khudobin. … The Penguins had a goal waved off in the second period when Blueger was called for goalie interference after Erik Gudbranson’s shot from outside the circle beat Khodobin.UP NEXTPenguins: Finish four-game trip Monday at the New York Rangers.Stars: Start four-game Canadian swing Monday at Winnipeg. GLENDALE Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys , Ariz. (AP) — Vinnie Hinostroza has been searching for consistency since joining the Arizona Coyotes in a trade last offseason. He’s found it at just the right time.The 24-year-old forward scored his first career hat trick and sent the surging Coyotes to a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.Hinostroza got his third goal with 51 seconds left, and hats came flying out of the crowd onto the ice. He has 12 points over his last 12 games.“That’s something you don’t think about happening, but when it does, it’s something special,” Hinostroza said. “It’s nice that it comes in a win and at a special time when we’re trying to hold a playoff spot here.”Jason Demers added a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have won 10 of 12. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Mario Kempe also scored, and Alex Goligoski and Christian Fischer each had two assists.Arizona’s victory coupled with Minnesota’s loss to Dallas moved the Coyotes three points ahead of the slumping Wild for the second Western Conference wild card. Both teams have 11 games remaining.Darcy Kuemper stopped 37 shots for his 13th win since Feb. 9, and was credited with an assist on Hinostroza’s first goal.“Our momentum is kind of snowballing here,” Kuemper said. “Even sometimes when we’re not at our best we kind of have that belief that we’re going to win and find a way. It’s a lot of fun coming to the rink right now.”Jakob Silfverberg scored for Anaheim www.officialblackhawksproshop.com , which had won four of six.The Coyotes scored two power-play goals — both by Hinostroza — in a game for the fourth time this season, and improved to 26-1-1 when leading after two periods.“We had numerous times we could have cleared the puck and we didn’t,” Ducks assistant coach Marty Wilford said. “Usually that’s when it comes back to hurt you.”Ekman-Larsson’s goal was his 11th, and the Coyotes’ 15th short-handed this season. He took a pass from Brad Richardson and flipped a shot over the glove of Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller at 17:25 of the first period.Miller made 18 saves.Demers scored with 50 seconds left in the period for a 2-0 lead when his wrist shot beat Miller stick side for Demers’ first goal since Nov. 15. After that night, he missed the next 47 games with a knee injury.The Ducks made it 2-1 just 58 seconds into the second on Devin Shore’s shot that deflected off the stick of Silfverberg and past Kuemper.Demers perhaps inadvertently helped Hinostroza score his 13th goal of the season at 4:15 of the second. He collided with Hinostroza as he worked the puck up the ice, and after Hinostroza emerged from being sandwiched between Demers and a Ducks player, his shot went between Miller’s legs for a 3-1 Coyotes lead.“We’ve been the underdogs all year. I think we just have to embrace that role,” Demers said. “No one still expects us to be here and no one still expects us to get in (to the playoffs). That’s the kind of mentality we have to have.”Hinostroza made it 4-1 when a shot by Demers caromed out to him for a successful slap shot at 17:49 of the second. Kempe’s goal came as the puck crossed the goal line just before the final buzzer.NOTES: Arizona Diamondbacks OF David Peralta dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game. … The 15 short-handed goals tie a franchise record that dates back to when the Coyotes were the original Winnipeg Jets in 1988-89. … F Richard Panik played in his 400th NHL game. … Silfverberg has a goal in three consecutive games and a point in seven straight. … The Ducks served 12 minutes in penalties.UP NEXTDucks: At the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.Coyotes: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.