PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel couldn’t find the back of the net for several games during the Penguins‘ recent slump.Now that the Penguins are starting to hit stride http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-mike-green-jersey , Guentzel is starting to fill the net.Guentzel scored his first career regular-season hat trick and the Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Saturday night.“He’s a pretty consistent player for us,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “The thing I like about Jake is, even when he doesn’t score, he plays the game the right way. He just has a high intellect and reads plays well, but when he scores, he helps us win.”Guentzel’s first career hat trick came in the 2017 playoffs against Columbus, and he had another in the 2018 playoffs against Philadelphia.Guentzel has scored six goals in his last seven games overall after failing to score in the previous seven. He has 16 points in 13 regular-season and playoff games against Columbus. Guentzel also has nine goals, including two hat tricks, in his last eight games against the Blue Jackets.“Pucks just kind of keep finding me,” Guentzel said. “They’re just going in right now, so you have to try and ride it as long as you can.”Tanner Pearson also scored for the Penguins, who have won two of their last three after losing nine of their previous 10. Kris Letang had three assists and Sidney Crosby two. Phil Kessel continued an eight-game point streak for Pittsburgh and Evgeni Malkin has a seven-game run.Pittsburgh won its sixth straight against the Blue Jackets, matching the longest win streak against Columbus. The Penguins also won their sixth straight at home against the Blue Jackets.Casey DeSmith made 37 saves for Pittsburgh.“I think we have improved the last four or five games,” Letang said. “We’ve been playing a lot better. We don’t get the result we want every time Womens Nick Jensen Jersey , but I think this was proof that we’re on the right track.”Cam Atkinson continued a career-best, seven-game goal streak with his 15th of the season. He tied the all-time franchise mark set in November 2002 by Geoff Sanderson. Atkinson, with nine goals and 13 points in seven games, owns the longest goal-scoring streak of any NHL player this season.“It was a nice, lucky goal, I guess,” Atkinson said. “I used their guy as a screen and it just happened to go in. That’s my game. I just keep shooting. When you have the hot stick, you have to shoot a little bit more and good things happen.”Scott Harrington also scored for the Blue Jackets, who lost for the second time in three games after winning five of their previous six. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 32 shots for the Blue Jackets.“We played a good third period,” Atkinson said. “We had chances, we just didn’t capitalize and bury those opportunities.”Harrington, Pearson and Guentzel scored three goals in 2:13 as Pittsburgh held an early 2-1 lead.Harrington, Pittsburgh’s second-round pick in 2011, opened the scoring for Columbus Thomas Vanek Jersey , but Pearson responded 45 seconds later with his third goal in four games.Guentzel took a drop pass from Crosby and sent a wrist shot behind Korpisalo from the slot to put Pittsburgh in front.Guentzel scored again on a second Crosby drop pass later in the period. Crosby powered around Columbus defenseman Markus Nutivaara and dropped a pass to Guentzel, who beat Korpisalo to the blocker side with a wrist shot.“(Crosby) is really good on his backhand, so you have to be ready at all times,” Guentzel said. “I was fortunate to be on the end of that.”Atkinson made it 3-2 when he scored in his seventh straight, but Guentzel restored Pittsburgh’s two-goal lead with his third of the game, a backhander from the top of the crease.“Sometimes the puck goes in, and other times it doesn’t, but (Guentzel) is on it every night in some capacity,” Sullivan said. “He had a strong game and he’s definitely a guy we’re going to rely on moving forward.”NOTES: Both teams had goals disallowed in the second period. … Penguins’ F Patric Hornqvist missed the game with a concussion. … Malkin tied Jaromir Jagr for third on the team’s all-time games played list and Letang equaled Brooks Orpik for most by a defenseman in team history. … Penguins’ D Jack Johnson played his former team for the first time since signing a five-year, free-agent contract with Pittsburgh in the offseason. Johnson spent seven seasons in Columbus. … Mike Sullivan coached in his 240th game with the Penguins, tying Bob Berry and Johnny Wilson for fifth-most in franchise history.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Visit Detroit on Monday.Penguins: Travel to Winnipeg on Tuesday. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Bruce Boudreau didn’t want anyone making a big deal about his 500th career win as an NHL coach. With a tightening playoff race, his Minnesota Wild have other things to worry about.So the Wild made sure to take care of business against the Western Conference’s top team before acknowledging their coach’s impressive milestone.”That’s a lot of wins,” Devan Dubnyk said after making 19 saves in Minnesota’s 4-1 win. ”He’s had a ton of success everywhere he’s went. You look and it follows him around. That’s exciting for him Nick Foligno Jersey , and we’ll get a chance to get a win tomorrow and hopefully get 501.”In 837 games, Boudreau became the second-fastest NHL coach all-time to win 500 games – Scotty Bowman did it in 825. Not that Boudreau was interested in talking about it.”I think in the summer it’ll be when I’m with family, that’ll be pretty cool, but right now let’s focus on the game and the team,” he said.Jason Zucker scored his 30th goal and added an assist for the Wild. Joel Eriksson Ek, Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise also scored as Minnesota overcame a slow first period to outwork the Predators and hand them a second straight loss.”It’s going to come down to the wire, for sure, so we need to take these wins and run with them,” Zucker said.After taking only six shots in the opening period, the Wild offense outshot Nashville 24-11 the rest of the way to start a crucial stretch of three games in four days.Pekka Rinne had 26 saves and Ryan Johansen scored his 13th goal for Nashville, which couldn’t rebound from a loss at home to Toronto on Thursday that snapped a four-game win streak and franchise-record 15-game point streak.”I thought we started the game really well. We came out and dictated the pace and then for whatever reason got away from it,” Johansen said.The Predators, who also saw their franchise-record nine-game road winning streak stopped, hadn’t lost two straight since mid-February – right before they rolled to 10 straight victories en route to securing a playoff spot.”Even before we had some games where we won the games Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , but we didn’t play up to our potential and it’s kind of been creeping in. It was definitely a wakeup call against Toronto and tonight, too,” Roman Josi said.Nashville nursed a 1-0 lead after Johansen’s goal at the 8:37 mark of the first period. But things changed quickly after the first – Minnesota outshot Nashville 14-5 in a second period that saw Eriksson Ek’s fifth goal of the season, followed by Niederreiter’s 18th at 13:45.Zucker beat Rinne’s glove side at 1:29 of the third period to give Minnesota some breathing room, and Parise added an empty-netter with 1:41 to play.Predators coach Peter Laviolette was ejected late in the third period shortly after arguing a boarding call against Scott Hartnell.”Hartnell made a hit on a guy that had the puck that didn’t hit the boards and then he got bulldozed and cross-checked and everything else and we lost our power play,” Laviolette said.NOTES: Nashville D Yannick Weber left the ice seven minutes into the first period after taking a crushing hit from Marcus Foligno. He did not return to the bench. L Austin Watson also wasn’t on the bench in the third period. Laviolette said he didn’t have updates on either player .. C Mike Fisher was a healthy scratch. … The Predators lost for the fourth time in regulation this season when scoring first, and for only the third time when leading after the first period. … Nashville’s last regulation road loss was Jan. 2 at Las Vegas. … Zucker joined Eric Staal (39) in Minnesota’s 30-goal club this season. It’s the first time in 10 years Minnesota has had two 30-goal scorers. … The Wild have beaten Nashville four straight times in St. Paul since Feb. 18, 2017. … Foligno’s assist on Eriksson Ek’s goal was his 23rd point this season, tying his career high. . The announced crowd of 19,303 was Minnesota’s largest of the season.UP NEXTPredators: At Winnipeg on Sunday.Wild: Host Boston on Sunday.
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