NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Minnesota
(Monday, January 11th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Pittsburgh 3
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Guillaume Latendresse scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and collected three assists, as the Minnesota Wild edged the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at Xcel Energy Center.
Martin Havlat, Cal Clutterbuck and Eric Belanger also tallied for the Wild, who notched their third straight victory. Niklas Backstrom stopped 35 shots to tie Manny Fernandez for most career wins in franchise history (113).
"I got the opportunity (to contribute)," Latendresse said. "I play in good situations, get a lot of minutes."
Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis both registered a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, which has dropped seven of its last nine games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves in defeat.
"(Minnesota) bounced back after goals and we weren't able to build a lead," Crosby said.
Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton fired a low wrister that made its way through traffic and past the left skate of Backstrom 64 seconds into the third period to knot the game at three.
Latendresse then took a pass from Kyle Brodziak and lifted a shot over Fleury at 6:13.
The Wild failed to capitalize on a five-minute major assessed to Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar for interference, keeping it a one-goal affair.
Fleury was summoned to the bench in the late stages, but the Penguins couldn't produce an equalizer.
Pittsburgh grabbed a 1-0 lead 3:44 after the game's opening faceoff. Crosby drove to the net and managed to tip in Eaton's shot from the left point.
The Wild tied the game when a bouncing puck fired by Belanger eluded Fleury with 8:20 remaining in the first period.
Dupuis, who played parts of six seasons with Minnesota (2001-2007), restored the lead for Pittsburgh 54 seconds into the middle stanza, skating down the slot unobstructed and one-timing a Bill Guerin feed.
Havlat responded 51 seconds later, tapping home a nifty pass from Latendresse, and Clutterbuck put the Wild on top with 7:57 to go in the second period. Latendresse simply put a puck on goal that deflected in off his teammate's body.
Crosby leads the Penguins in goals (28) and points (56)...Havlat has two goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak...The Wild improved to 15-6-1 at home this season...Pittsburgh has lost three straight to the Wild...The Penguins continue their five-game road trip Wednesday in Calgary...Minnesota wraps up a four-game homestand Wednesday against the Canucks.
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