PIT Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins Overall (21-18)
ATS (17-22)
O/U (17-17-5)
December 31 2018
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MIN Minnesota Wild 2
Minnesota Wild Wild Overall (18-20)
ATS (16-22)
O/U (16-19-3)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2405 Pittsburgh Penguins EVEN Under EVEN (+1.5) -240 Cover: 2.5
210
2406 Minnesota Wild -120 Over -120 (-1.5) +200 UNDER: 5
101
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
2405 PIT EVEN Under: EVEN (+1.5) -240 Cover: 2.5
2406 MIN -120 Over: -120 (-1.5) +200 UNDER: 5
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/31/2018
4:54 PM
MIN
-120
PIT
EVEN
12/31/2018
1:06 PM
MIN
-125
PIT
+105
12/31/2018
12:51 PM
MIN
-130
PIT
+110
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
MIN
-130
PIT
+110
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/31/2018
4:54 PM
MIN(-1.5)
+200
PIT
-240
12/31/2018
1:06 PM
MIN(-1.5)
+200
PIT
-240
12/31/2018
12:51 PM
MIN(-1.5)
+200
PIT
-240
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
MIN(-1.5)
+200
PIT
-240
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/31/2018
4:54 PM
6
-120
6
EVEN
12/31/2018
1:06 PM
6
-120
6
EVEN
12/31/2018
12:51 PM
6
-120
6
EVEN
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
6
-115
6
-105
Recap

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel are doing their part, continuing to pile up points for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the team's goaltenders might have been the headlining act in a big December.

Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists, and Sidney Crosby added a goal and assist as Pittsburgh kept rolling with a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Casey DeSmith, who stopped 40 shots to beat Minnesota on Dec. 20, made 31 saves for the Penguins, who have won eight of their past 10 games, a season-high six games in a row and finished December 11-3-1.

DeSmith was 6-3-1 in December with a 2.39 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. Matt Murray, since returning from a lower-body injury, was 5-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .959 save percentage for Pittsburgh. Heading into the game, the two combined for a .931 save percentage in the month, which led the league.

"I think they've got a nice, healthy competition amongst themselves right now," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "They're both at their very best. They're making timely saves for us. They're making saves at key times in the game that give us a chance to either maintain a lead or get momentum back, whatever it may be."

Kessel has three points in each of his past three games and Crosby has four straight games with multiple points for Pittsburgh, which tied its season high with its fourth straight road win.

Mikko Koivu scored for the first time in 15 games and Zach Parise added his 17th goal of the season for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for Minnesota, which has lost eight of its past 11 games.

"It was another pretty good effort by us," Dubnyk said. "Obviously, it gets old. We're all competitive and used to winning in here, so you don't want to sit here and say over and over that we played well and had chances and made a good effort. But that's the case."

The Wild snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday at Winnipeg and then opened the scoring against the Penguins.

Koivu started a rush from his defensive zone and got a pass from Nino Niederreiter in the slot, sending a quick shot past DeSmith. It was the first power-play goal allowed by Pittsburgh in six games. They had killed 14 straight short-handed situations.

It was Koivu's 59th career power-play goal, tied with Marian Gaborik for most in franchise history.

Given their first power-play, the Penguins tied the game with Kessel sending a pass through defenseman Ryan Suter's legs to Crosby alone on the back side for an easy tap-in goal.

It was the fifth-straight goal on the power-play for Pittsburgh, which was 4 of 4 in a 6-1 win against St. Louis on Saturday. Crosby has 10 points in the past four games.

Kessel scored his 17th goal of the season with 21 seconds left in the first period when his shot from the side deflected off Suter's stick past Dubnyk.

"We have given them a couple in the two games," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "There's no ifs ands or buts on that. It's very frustrating. It's a frustrating theme of the way we don't succeed sometimes."

Riley Sheahan scored in the second period for the Penguins and DeSmith was it his best in the period. Minnesota had 13 shots in a scoreless second, including several in which DeSmith made highlight saves.

"It's all about, as a goaltender, kind of managing in the game and knowing when they're pressing and doing what you can to hold them off until your team finds a way to push back and respond," DeSmith said. "Luckily, I was able to do that a little bit during the second period and we got some guys who did a great job finishing their chances tonight."

NOTES: Pittsburgh F Bryan Rust missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury he sustained in the previous game against St. Louis. He's considered day-to-day. Zach Aston-Reese took Rust's spot on Sidney Crosby's line. ... Penguins D Olli Maatta was a game-time decision with a lower-body injury but was in the lineup. Jamie Oleksiak was a healthy scratch for the second straight game after missing three games with an injury. ... Minnesota D Nick Seeler (upper-body injury) skated before the game and coach Bruce Boudreau said Seeler could return on the team's upcoming four-game road trip. ... Crosby became just the second player in Pittsburgh history to play in 900 games. Mario Lemieux is the all-time leader in games played with 915.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Face the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Wild: Play Thursday in Toronto.

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Matchup
Penguins Overall
W/L 21-18
ATS 17-22
Goals For 3.4
Goals Against 2.9
Total 17-17-5
Penguins Away
W/L 10-9
ATS 9-10
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 2.6
Total 8-10-1
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Wild Overall
W/L 18-20
ATS 16-22
Goals For 2.9
Goals Against 2.8
Total 16-19-3
Wild Home
W/L 10-10
ATS 7-13
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 2.8
Total 9-10-1
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Game Summary
1st Period
PIT 16:12 Penalty to Riley Sheahan 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Jason Zucker)
MIN 14:33 Power play - GOAL scored by Mikko Koivu assisted by Nino Niederreiter and Charlie CoylePIT 0 MIN 1
MIN 5:15 Penalty to Nate Prosser 2 minutes for Kneeing (Drawn by Matt Cullen)
PIT 4:17 Power play - GOAL scored by Sidney Crosby assisted by Phil Kessel and Kris LetangPIT 1 MIN 1
PIT 00:21 GOAL scored by Phil Kessel assisted by Sidney Crosby and Zachary Aston-ReesePIT 2 MIN 1
2nd Period
PIT 11:52 Penalty to Zachary Aston-Reese 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Marcus Foligno)
MIN 11:52 Penalty to Marcus Foligno 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Zachary Aston-Reese)
PIT 9:41 GOAL scored by Riley Sheahan assisted by Phil Kessel and Matt CullenPIT 3 MIN 1
3rd Period
MIN 4:05 GOAL scored by Zach Parise assisted by Mikko Koivu and Mikael GranlundPIT 3 MIN 2
Box Score
Penguins
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Patric Hornqvist (RW) 000200:0016:46
Evgeni Malkin (C) 000410:0018:11
Tanner Pearson (LW) 000210:0012:30
Dominik Simon (C) 000400:0015:51
Matt Cullen (C) 011010:0011:10
Zachary Aston-Reese (C) 011212:0017:06
Derek Grant (C) 000000:009:48
Derick Brassard (C) 000100:0013:31
Phil Kessel (RW) 123410:0014:56
Sidney Crosby (C) 112220:0019:56
Jake Guentzel (C) 000400:0018:34
Riley Sheahan (C) 101112:009:00

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Juuso Riikola (D) 000310:0017:50
Marcus Pettersson (D) 000000:0014:32
Jack Johnson (D) 000210:0019:16
Kris Letang (D) 011000:0025:16
Olli Maatta (D) 000010:0018:35
Brian Dumoulin (D) 000140:0023:33

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Casey DeSmith (G) 31/332.939WIN
Matt Murray (G) 0/00.000
Wild
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Nino Niederreiter (RW) 011000:0015:28
Mikael Granlund (RW) 011300:0019:32
Luke Kunin (C) 000100:0015:29
Jordan Greenway (LW) 000210:0015:39
Charlie Coyle (C) 011200:0018:09
Jason Zucker (LW) 000400:0015:12
Marcus Foligno (LW) 000002:009:19
Eric Staal (C) 000410:0018:22
Eric Fehr (C) 000100:009:19
Zach Parise (LW) 101510:0018:45
Matt Hendricks (C) 000000:008:26
Mikko Koivu (C) 112400:0016:53

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Greg Pateryn (D) 000000:0021:30
Nate Prosser (D) 000022:007:16
Jonas Brodin (D) 000230:0025:19
Matt Bartkowski (D) 000000:0010:32
Jared Spurgeon (D) 000410:0026:01
Ryan Suter (D) 000100:0027:50

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Alex Stalock (G) 0/00.000
Devan Dubnyk (G) 29/323.906LOSS
Officials
Linesmen Derek Nansen
Linesmen Darren Gibbs
Referee Wes McCauley
Referee Marc Joannette