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Crosby extended his points streak to 23 games with a goal and an assist, and Pascal Dupuis scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory Thursday night.
“You almost could have wished this was the outdoor game,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, “but it’s a prelude for sure.”
“People outside of hockey fans, I think they learned a little more about each team and the guys on each team,” he said. “It might be a little more intense because of that, but I think as far as both teams are concerned, it’s probably pretty high as it is.”
“I try not to think about it, just go out there and do the same thing every night and hope that I capitalize and create things,” Crosby said. “You’ve still got to evaluate your game. It’s not always based on points.”
Chris Kunitz also scored to help the Penguins win their third straight and 15th in 17 games.
Dupuis converted a wrister from the inside edge of the right circle, ending the shootout after Marc-Andre Fleury used his skate to block Mike Green’s drive at the right post for his sixth straight save.
“They had passion. We played, arguably right now … the best team in the league and I thought we played them to a standstill,” he said.
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