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in on him and his team’s one-goal lead very much in doubt http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-jacob-trouba-jersey , Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray did something that’s kind of tough when Edmonton’s Connor McDavid has the puck dangling on his stick and the game in the balance.Murray waited. He figures he didn’t really have a choice.“He’s got 100 different moves in his arsenal,” Murray said.This time, though, McDavid could have used 101. Murray made an acrobatic stop with his glove hand on McDavid’s penalty shot late in the second period to keep Pittsburgh in front and the Penguins beat the reeling Oilers 3-1 on Wednesday night.McDavid earned the chance after getting pulled down by Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel on a breakaway. McDavid walked in on Murray slowly from the left before making his way across the crease. The delayed wrist shot from the player Murray called “the best in the world” ended up not in the net but in Murray’s awaiting glove.“I think maybe he knew I was going to do it,” McDavid said. “So, got to find something new.”The stop was the flashiest of Murray’s 38 saves, and the one most critical to helping the Pittsburgh win consecutive games for just the second time in five weeks as it tries to stay in the middle of the crowded Eastern Conference playoff chase.“That’s a big turning point,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “If that goes in late in the period like that Austin Czarnik Jersey Womens , it’s a big shift in momentum.”Instead, the Penguins remained unbeaten (6-0) against the Oilers when both Crosby and McDavid are on the ice. Bryan Rust, Teddy Blueger and Jared McCann all scored as Pittsburgh picked up two vital points despite playing without suspended center Evgeni Malkin, forced to sit while serving a one-game suspension for an illegal high stick. Crosby finished with one assist and spent large portions of the night going head to head with the 22-year-old McDavid.“It’s a great challenge,” the 31-year-old Crosby said. “He’s pretty tough to defend. A lot of times you can be in good spots and good positionally but with his speed if you’re even you’re probably in trouble.”McDavid picked up an assist on Leon Draisaitl’s first-period goal but was otherwise held in check. Mikko Koskinen stopped 31 shots for the Oilers but couldn’t stop Edmonton from falling for the eighth time in nine games.“We had a bunch of chances to tie it,” McDavid said. “I have to bear down on a couple. Credit to them. They had that four-minute stretch where they scored two and held on.”The second meeting of the season between two of the game’s generational talents the electricity of the first — when McDavid and Crosby both scored, with Crosby getting the winner in overtime back on Oct. 23 — but with considerably higher stakes, at least for Pittsburgh.The Penguins entered play with a tenuous one-point lead over Carolina for the second wild card in the East. Though Pittsburgh rode a career-high 50 saves from Murray in a one-sided road victory in Philadelphia on Monday Josh Morrissey Jersey , it also continued a pattern of one step forward, one step back.Defenseman Olli Maatta went down in the first period with an upper-body injury that will sideline him indefinitely and the NHL ordered Malkin to sit out as penance after Malkin flung his stick wildly at Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl late in the third period, forcing Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan to get creative in an effort keep his team’s fragile surge going. He moved Nick Bjugstad to center the second line and reshuffled the defensive pairings, including giving Chad Ruhwedel his first appearance since Nov. 19.It led to a bit of a sluggish start, and McDavid wasted little time taking advantage as the Penguins tried to find their footing. He got a pass in front of the Pittsburgh bench from Oscar Klefbom to spark a 2-on-1 and slid a pass over to Draisaitl that beat Murray 4:45 into the game for his 33rd of the season.Rust gave the Penguins a needed spark early in the second period when he put together a dazzling short-handed shift with Matt Cullen that ended with Rust creeping out from behind the Edmonton net and stuffing a puck past Koskinen at 2:35.Blueger put Pittsburgh in front at 6:10 when Kris Letang banked a pass off the side of the Edmonton net that landed on the rookie’s stick. Blueger ripped it by Koskinen for his third goal in seven career games.McDavid used his speed to split Letang and Guentzel, earning a penalty shot for his efforts with 2:35 left in the second.NOTES: Edmonton went 0 for 2 on the power play. The Penguins were 0 for 1. … Rust’s goal gave the Penguins nine this season with a man down.UP NEXTOilers: At Carolina on Friday night.Penguins: Host Calgary on Saturday. All eyes will be on Calgary Flames morning skate Friday to see if Johnny Gaudreau appears.The Flames star winger was levelled by Boston defensemen Charlie McAvoy in the third period of Calgary’s 5-2 home ice win on Wednesday.The winger took part in the ensuing power play but then went to the dressing room and didn’t emerge for the rest of the game.Article continues below ...The Flames did not practice on Thursday and will host the Nashville Predators on Friday.Flames general manager Brad Treliving relayed a message to reporters in Calgary on Thursday that Gaudreau was “fine.”The concussion spotter watching Thursday night wasn’t so sure after watching McAvoy send the speedster flying after Gaudreau was stopped on a deke attempt.“(Flames trainer Kent Kobelka) comes down and says, ‘Johnny’s gotta go. The spotters have called for him.’ That’s all I know,” Flames head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “Hopefully it’s nothing. Hopefully http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-kyle-connor-jersey , it’s minor. But we’ll see.”Gaudreau scored his 100th NHL goal in the game and is off to a fast start with six goals and three assists in six games.The Flames have started fast as well, bringing a 4-2 record into Friday.Nashville is off to a slightly better start at 5-1. Their only defeat was at the hands of Calgary, a 3-0 final in Tennessee on Oct. 9.Nashville hasn’t played since Tuesday when they downed the Minnesota Wild at home 4-2. They flew to Alberta on Thursday afternoon.The Predators will face Calgary and immediately head to the airport for the brief flight north to Edmonton, where they will face Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Saturday.No problem, says Predators forward Ryan Hartman.“That’s part of the job,” he told nhl.com. “There’s plenty of other jobs that people do in life where they’re not getting much sleep. It’s just part of it.”With the back-to-back it’s likely the Predators will put Pekka Rinne in goal in Calgary and go with his backup Juuse Saros in Edmonton. That’s what they did on 11 occasions last season.Nashville has nine back-to-backs on their schedule in 2018-19.“Just because we have the backup in doesn’t mean we can’t win,” defensemen Yannick Webber told nhl.com. “Juuse gives us a chance to win every game he plays. We’ve seen it already this year, too Mark Scheifele Jersey , and we have a lot of confidence in him. It’s great to have that insurance back there.”If Gaudreau is not in the lineup for Calgary on Friday, Calgary will hope for another strong outing from second-line winger, Michael Frolik, to fill the void. Frolik returned from being a healthy scratch on Wednesday and scored twice against Boston.“I didn’t have the start I was looking for, but it’s a long season,” he told reporters. “I just try to work hard in practice, get better every day and hopefully it’s going to turn around.“Tonight was a good start. Hopefully I can keep going.”The Predators are led in the early going by Filip Forsberg’s four goals and two assists through six games. Ryan Johansen has one goal and five helpers.

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