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Penguins Rally Past Blues

Sydney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, and the Penguins rallied for a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

 

Bryan Rust scored twice and Brock McGinn also had a goal to help the Penguins win their ninth straight - their longest since a winning 15 in a row in March 2013. It is the longest active streak in the league, tying Carolina for the longest of the season. Pittsburgh is 14-2-1 in its last 17 games.

 

Crosby scored his fifth, Rodrigues his 14th and McGinn his ninth, as Pittsburgh scored three in the third to erase a 3-2 deficit.

 

Casey DeSmith stopped 13 shots, but was pulled after the Blues' third goal. He's allowed three goals or more in 11 of his last 14 games dating back to last season. Tristan Jarry, who recently came off the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, stopped all 13 shots in relief.

 

Brayden Schenn returned from injury to score his fifth of the season and 200th career goal for the Blues. Jordan Kyrou stayed hot with his 13th of the season, and Colton Parayko scored his fourth. Vladimir Tarasenko had two assists to extend his point streak to six games. Jordan Binnington stopped 36 shots for the Blues, who saw a two-game win streak end with their third loss in 10 games. 

 

Crosby scored with 7:37 left in the third to tie it 3-3. Crosby, with Niko Mikkola draped on his back, cut across the crease and knocked a rebound past Binnington. Blues coach Craig Berube challenged for goaltender interference, but Crosby's goal stood.

Rodrigues gave Pittsburgh the lead for good 12 seconds later.

 

With Schenn's return to the lineup, the Blues were their healthiest since late November. Robert Bortuzzo is the lone forward currently unavailable because of the NHL's COVID-19 protocols.

 

Schenn last played Dec. 12 against Anaheim, as he missed five games with an upper-body injury. He skated on the left wing alongside Ivan Barbashev and Pavel Buchnevich and played 15:25 with a goal and an assist.

 

Tarasenko has six goals and 12 points during his six-game point streak. He has six multi-point efforts in his last 10 games with 16 points during that span.

 

Kyrou, who set a Winter Classic record with two goals and four points, has four goals and eight points in his last three games.

 

The Blues host Washington on Friday to open a five-game homestand.

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