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BOXSCORE | PLAY-BY-PLAY | RECAP
Pittsburgh 2, Minnesota 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 20, 2018
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 18435
Final Scoring Summary
 
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Minnesota 1001
Pittsburgh 1012
Periods:
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1
Minnesota   Pittsburgh
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 0:00  
Shot by Jared Spurgeon misses the net 0:11  
  0:20 Brian Dumoulin hits Eric Staal.
Ryan Suter shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 0:27  
Eric Staal shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 0:33  
Eric Staal shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 0:35  
Mikael Granlund shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 0:35  
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Evgeni Malkin. 0:37  
Greg Pateryn hits Dominik Simon. 0:51  
Zach Parise blocks shot from Juuso Riikola. 0:54  
Luke Kunin hits Marcus Pettersson. 1:19  
  1:30 Marcus Pettersson shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Luke Kunin hits Marcus Pettersson. 1:39  
Charlie Coyle hits Patric Hornqvist. 1:47  
  2:19 Zach Aston-Reese hits Nick Seeler.
Marcus Foligno blocks shot from Kris Letang. 2:21  
  2:21 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
  2:21 Bryan Rust hits Jonas Brodin.
Greg Pateryn hits Bryan Rust. 2:29  
  2:29 Shot by Brian Dumoulin misses the net
  2:35 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
  2:38 Shot by Jake Guentzel misses the net
Giveaway by Jonas Brodin. 2:42  
Giveaway by Eric Staal. 3:14  
  3:29 Giveaway by Olli Maatta.
  4:13 Jack Johnson blocks shot from Jordan Greenway.
Nate Prosser hits Derick Brassard. 4:15  
  4:23 Patric Hornqvist shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Luke Kunin shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 4:29  
  4:30 Tanner Pearson shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  4:30 Matt Cullen wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
Eric Fehr hits Olli Maatta. 4:51  
  5:05 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Joel Eriksson Ek.
  5:26 Jake Guentzel shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Eric Staal hits Jake Guentzel. 5:39  
Zach Parise shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 6:29  
  6:50 Giveaway by Derick Brassard.
Jordan Greenway scores. Assisted by Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin. 7:13  
  7:13 Matt Cullen wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
Nate Prosser hits Riley Sheahan. 7:18  
  7:36 Shot by Zach Aston-Reese misses the net
  7:36 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
  7:40 Kris Letang shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Matt Cullen. 7:54  
  8:09 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
Mikael Granlund penalty for tripping - 2 mins (Minor). Drawn by Brian Dumoulin. 8:09  
  8:21 Kris Letang shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  8:23 Patric Hornqvist shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  8:24 Phil Kessel shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  8:25 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
  8:32 Shot by Phil Kessel misses the net
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 8:39  
Joel Eriksson Ek wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 8:59  
Marcus Foligno blocks shot from Evgeni Malkin. 9:58  
Giveaway by Marcus Foligno. 10:04  
Nate Prosser shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 10:53  
  10:56 Bryan Rust blocks shot from Nick Seeler.
Charlie Coyle hits Marcus Pettersson. 11:30  
Charlie Coyle hits Marcus Pettersson. 11:38  
Jordan Greenway hits Zach Aston-Reese. 11:48  
Charlie Coyle shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 12:11  
Takeaway by Mikko Koivu. 12:36  
Mikko Koivu shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 12:58  
  12:58 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
Giveaway by Devan Dubnyk. 13:28  
  13:30 Bryan Rust scores. Assisted by Jake Guentzel.
  13:30 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
  13:41 Tanner Pearson hits Nate Prosser.
  13:43 Derick Brassard hits Eric Fehr.
Nate Prosser blocks shot from Jack Johnson. 13:47  
  14:06 Takeaway by Dominik Simon.
Jonas Brodin shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 14:59  
Nino Niederreiter shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 15:21  
Mikko Koivu shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 15:21  
  15:28 Jake Guentzel shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Charlie Coyle shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 16:18  
Charlie Coyle shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 16:19  
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Derick Brassard. 16:20  
  16:25 Kris Letang hits Luke Kunin.
Shot by Jason Zucker misses the net 16:26  
Takeaway by Jason Zucker. 16:35  
  16:46 Derick Brassard hits Jason Zucker.
Eric Staal shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 16:48  
  16:49 Matt Cullen wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
Zach Parise shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 17:38  
Jonas Brodin blocks shot from Phil Kessel. 17:46  
Joel Eriksson Ek wins the faceoff against Evgeni Malkin. 17:56  
  18:22 Shot by Dominik Simon misses the net
  18:29 Juuso Riikola hits Eric Fehr.
Charlie Coyle wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 19:00  
Luke Kunin hits Jake Guentzel. 19:18  
  19:20 Sidney Crosby shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  19:32 Sidney Crosby shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Ryan Suter hits Jake Guentzel. 19:35  
  19:40 Bryan Rust shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  19:41 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
  19:48 Derick Brassard shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Jonas Brodin hits Patric Hornqvist. 19:48  
2
Minnesota   Pittsburgh
  0:00 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
  0:44 Evgeni Malkin wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
Takeaway by Zach Parise. 1:13  
  1:19 Olli Maatta blocks shot from Nino Niederreiter.
Nino Niederreiter hits Juuso Riikola. 1:33  
Nino Niederreiter hits Olli Maatta. 1:40  
  2:00 Tanner Pearson hits Jonas Brodin.
  2:03 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
  2:11 Derick Brassard hits Jonas Brodin.
  2:29 Patric Hornqvist hits Nate Prosser.
Nate Prosser hits Riley Sheahan. 2:52  
  2:57 Zach Aston-Reese hits Luke Kunin.
Nate Prosser hits Zach Aston-Reese. 3:05  
  3:12 Matt Cullen shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  3:22 Kris Letang shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  3:23 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Joel Eriksson Ek.
  3:27 Juuso Riikola shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 3:29  
  3:38 Juuso Riikola hits Jason Zucker.
  3:45 Olli Maatta shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Evgeni Malkin. 3:47  
  4:27 Jack Johnson blocks shot from Jared Spurgeon.
  4:54 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Charlie Coyle.
Jordan Greenway hits Brian Dumoulin. 5:14  
  5:36 Olli Maatta blocks shot from Charlie Coyle.
  5:47 Matt Cullen shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Eric Fehr wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 5:48  
  5:54 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
  6:09 Sidney Crosby shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 6:15  
  6:27 Marcus Pettersson hits Jason Zucker.
  6:54 Jack Johnson shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  7:17 Evgeni Malkin wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
Greg Pateryn hits Dominik Simon. 7:25  
Jonas Brodin hits Phil Kessel. 7:30  
  7:35 Takeaway by Evgeni Malkin.
  7:52 Brian Dumoulin hits Nino Niederreiter.
  8:25 Takeaway by Phil Kessel.
Charlie Coyle wins the faceoff against Derick Brassard. 8:28  
  8:42 Brian Dumoulin hits Jordan Greenway.
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Matt Cullen. 8:49  
Takeaway by Jason Zucker. 9:01  
Jason Zucker shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 9:05  
Mikael Granlund shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 9:06  
  9:06 Matt Cullen wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
  9:27 Patric Hornqvist shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Eric Staal shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 9:45  
Shot by Mikael Granlund misses the net 9:45  
  9:46 Olli Maatta blocks shot from Jonas Brodin.
  10:16 Matt Cullen hits Mikael Granlund.
  10:16 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
  10:31 Jake Guentzel hits Ryan Suter.
Luke Kunin blocks shot from Jack Johnson. 11:13  
  11:17 Evgeni Malkin penalty for slashing - 2 mins (Minor). Drawn by Charlie Coyle.
  11:17 Riley Sheahan wins the faceoff against Charlie Coyle.
  11:27 Jack Johnson blocks shot from Mikael Granlund.
  11:52 Olli Maatta blocks shot from Eric Staal.
Jason Zucker shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 11:58  
  12:02 Giveaway by Jack Johnson.
  12:05 Takeaway by Bryan Rust.
  12:10 Bryan Rust shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Jared Spurgeon shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 12:23  
Mikko Koivu shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 12:26  
  12:30 Giveaway by Sidney Crosby.
  13:22 Jack Johnson blocks shot from Joel Eriksson Ek.
  13:22 Jack Johnson hits Joel Eriksson Ek.
  13:23 Evgeni Malkin wins the faceoff against Joel Eriksson Ek.
  13:59 Dominik Simon blocks shot from Nate Prosser.
  14:40 Shot by Kris Letang misses the net
  14:40 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Charlie Coyle.
  14:45 Juuso Riikola shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Luke Kunin hits Olli Maatta. 14:57  
  15:01 Giveaway by Phil Kessel.
Charlie Coyle shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 15:03  
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Matt Cullen. 15:04  
  15:10 Riley Sheahan wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
  15:10 Jack Johnson blocks shot from Jared Spurgeon.
Ryan Suter shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 15:13  
  15:31 Marcus Pettersson blocks shot from Ryan Suter.
  15:58 Zach Aston-Reese hits Ryan Suter.
Eric Staal shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 16:02  
  16:08 Jake Guentzel blocks shot from Eric Staal.
Mikko Koivu hits Bryan Rust. 16:27  
  16:34 Sidney Crosby hits Zach Parise.
Greg Pateryn shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 16:48  
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Evgeni Malkin. 16:48  
Greg Pateryn hits Patric Hornqvist. 17:14  
  17:49 Jack Johnson hits Marcus Foligno.
  18:24 Tanner Pearson blocks shot from Jared Spurgeon.
  18:30 Tanner Pearson blocks shot from Jared Spurgeon.
  18:42 Jack Johnson hits Marcus Foligno.
  18:59 Matt Cullen wins the faceoff against Charlie Coyle.
  19:16 Kris Letang shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  19:17 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
3
Minnesota   Pittsburgh
Eric Staal wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 0:01  
  0:14 Shot by Brian Dumoulin misses the net
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Riley Sheahan. 0:30  
Nino Niederreiter hits Marcus Pettersson. 0:39  
  0:40 Jack Johnson blocks shot from Zach Parise.
Shot by Zach Parise misses the net 0:48  
Jared Spurgeon shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 0:56  
Mikko Koivu shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 1:00  
Mikko Koivu blocks shot from Juuso Riikola. 1:23  
Charlie Coyle shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 1:40  
  2:34 Shot by Brian Dumoulin misses the net
  3:17 Giveaway by Jake Guentzel.
Jason Zucker shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 3:19  
  3:20 Jack Johnson penalty for roughing - 2 mins (Minor). Drawn by Jason Zucker.
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Riley Sheahan. 3:20  
Jason Zucker penalty for roughing - 2 mins (Minor). Drawn by Jack Johnson. 3:20  
Zach Parise shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 3:24  
  4:12 Kris Letang shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  4:13 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Charlie Coyle.
Jonas Brodin penalty for hooking - 2 mins (Minor). Drawn by Jake Guentzel. 4:48  
  4:48 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
  5:24 Evgeni Malkin shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  6:16 Giveaway by Juuso Riikola.
  6:36 Takeaway by Derick Brassard.
  6:39 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Charlie Coyle.
  7:05 Derick Brassard shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Nick Seeler hits Zach Aston-Reese. 7:19  
Nate Prosser shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 7:36  
  7:57 Shot by Zach Aston-Reese misses the net
Nate Prosser hits Matt Cullen. 7:58  
Giveaway by Greg Pateryn. 8:11  
  8:12 Bryan Rust scores. Assisted by Jake Guentzel.
  8:12 Evgeni Malkin wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
  8:47 Shot by Jack Johnson misses the net
  8:56 Marcus Pettersson hits Greg Pateryn.
Ryan Suter shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 9:02  
  9:25 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Charlie Coyle.
Jordan Greenway blocks shot from Juuso Riikola. 9:41  
Charlie Coyle shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 9:53  
  11:13 Kris Letang shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  11:15 Matt Cullen shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  11:17 Zach Aston-Reese shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Eric Fehr wins the faceoff against Evgeni Malkin. 11:20  
  11:33 Evgeni Malkin shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  11:34 Evgeni Malkin wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
  12:17 Tanner Pearson shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  12:18 Derick Brassard wins the faceoff against Nino Niederreiter.
  12:57 Jake Guentzel shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
Charlie Coyle shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 13:07  
  14:03 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Staal.
Takeaway by Jared Spurgeon. 14:14  
  14:18 Takeaway by Kris Letang.
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Evgeni Malkin. 14:26  
  14:38 Jack Johnson hits Nino Niederreiter.
Mikko Koivu shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 14:52  
Mikko Koivu wins the faceoff against Matt Cullen. 14:54  
Greg Pateryn shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 14:58  
  15:42 Olli Maatta hits Charlie Coyle.
Charlie Coyle wins the faceoff against Derick Brassard. 15:49  
  16:21 Juuso Riikola penalty for hooking - 2 mins (Minor). Drawn by Luke Kunin.
Charlie Coyle wins the faceoff against Sidney Crosby. 16:23  
Jason Zucker shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 16:36  
Shot by Jason Zucker misses the net 16:40  
Charlie Coyle wins the faceoff against Riley Sheahan. 16:41  
  16:53 Riley Sheahan hits Mikael Granlund.
Giveaway by Devan Dubnyk. 17:03  
  18:00 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Eric Fehr.
Team penalty for Minnesota too many men on ice - 2 mins (Minor). Served by Nino Niederreiter. 18:00  
  18:31 Jake Guentzel shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  18:49 Shot by Derick Brassard misses the net
  18:58 Takeaway by Patric Hornqvist.
  19:02 Evgeni Malkin shoots Saved by Devan Dubnyk.
  19:23 Sidney Crosby wins the faceoff against Mikko Koivu.
Jared Spurgeon hits Bryan Rust. 19:41  
Ryan Suter shoots Saved by Casey DeSmith. 19:54