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The duel expected between Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid has turned once more to the advantage of the Penguins’, which imposed themselves 3 to 1 to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
McDavid has lost all six games that he has played in his career facing the Penguins when Crosby was training.
The captain of the Penguins has also been one of the architects of the winning goal, scored by Teddy Blueger in the second period.
The Oilers had yet well started the encounter, taking the lead in the fifth minute of play on a goal from Leon Draisaitl prepared by McDavid.
The Penguins have done wrong to the visitors, equaling the mark in numerical inferiority, at the beginning of the second twenty. This is Bryan Rust, who has shaken off the ropes by completing the game orchestrated by Matt Cullen and Brian Dumoulin.
Less than four minutes later, Blueger has dealt the killing blow to the Oilers with his third goal of the season.
Jared McCann has finished the job by scoring in an empty net, late in the game.
McDavid took advantage of some great opportunities to level the odds. He has in particular obtained a penalty shot in the second round, but was frustrated by Matt Murray.
The latter has once again had an excellent outing in front of the cage of Penguins, where he faced 39 shots. At the other end of the rink, Mikko Koskinen has pushed away 31 shots.
This victory allowed the Penguins to join the Blue Jackets in Columbus, the third largest of the Metropolitan section. The Jackets, however, have two games in hand on the Penguins.
For their part, the Oilers remain on the sixth row of the section and the Pacific and six points for the last place giving access to the series in the Western conference.