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Pittsburgh 3, Colorado 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Referees: Jon McIsaac, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, Michel Cormier
Attendance: 18458

Brandon Tanev scored a short-handed goal with 1:03 left in overtime Wednesday to give the host Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win and hand the Colorado Avalanche their first loss of the season.

Tanev's shot from the bottom of the left circle was inadvertently knocked across the goal line by Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog near the far post.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Jake Guentzel scored, and Matt Murray made 26 saves for Pittsburgh, which won its fourth straight.

Matt Calvert and Nathan MacKinnon scored for the Avalanche, who entered the game 5-0-0, the last remaining NHL team without a loss. Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves.

It shaped up as a showdown between preeminent centers Crosby and MacKinnon, who are friends and offseason workout partners. Although he was able to score, MacKinnon was limited after Pittsburgh winger Patric Hornqvist hit him in the first period, catching him in the left thigh.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, during an in-game NBCSN interview, said MacKinnon had a charley horse.

Linesman Michel Cormier also fell into the boards in the second minute of the second period, leaving three officials to work the balance of the game.

Calvert gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 3:16 of the first. From the right hash mark, he snapped the puck past Murray's glove.

During four-on-four play at 17:22 of the first, Crosby tied it with one of his signature goals. From the left point, he cut toward the net, leaving Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson in his dust. He cut across the bottom of the slot, maneuvering past the other defender, Samuel Girard, and scored on a backhander.

Guentzel broke the 1-1 tie at 15:30 of the second with his team-leading fifth goal. He took a pass from Crosby, went backhand to forehand and roofed a shot past Grubauer.

The assist gave Crosby his fourth straight multiple-point games. He has a point in each of his team's games, a seven-game streak.

MacKinnon made it 2-2 at 2:56 of the third. He took a pass from Mikko Rantanen on a two-on-one and flipped the puck past Murray's glove. Like Crosby, MacKinnon has a point in each of his team's games, a six-game streak.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Colorado   Pittsburgh
Matt Calvert 1 Points Sidney Crosby 2
Matt Calvert 1 Goals Sidney Crosby 1
Ian Cole 1 Assists Sidney Crosby 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Brandon Tanev 1
Philipp Grubauer .906 Save Percentage Matt Murray .929
Philipp Grubauer 29 Saves Matt Murray 26
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 28 2 0-3 3-3 6 28
Pittsburgh 32 3 0-3 3-3 6 41
Upcoming Games
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Penguins have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against Florida. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .800 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.