The Pittsburgh Penguins (40-16-8) played the Winnipeg Jets (30-31-6) on Wednesday night. Matt Murray would start for the Penguins. Connor Hellebuyck would start for the Jets. Cameron Gaunce, Carter Rowney, and Patric Hornqvist would be the scratches from the Penguins. Mark Stuart, Nic Petan, Ondrej Pavelec would be the scratches for the Jets.
Nikolaj Ehlers would get called for slashing 14 seconds into the 1st. Blake Wheeler and Evgeni Malkin would each get 5 minutes for fighting at 3:33. Chris Thorburn and Tom Sestito would each get 5 minutes for fighting at 3:35. Shawn Matthias would score at 4:18 to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. Adam Lowry and Ben Chiarot would get the assists. Nick Bonino would score his 10th of the season unassisted at 4:43 to tie the game at 1. The Jets would have a goal disallowed due to goalie interference just before the 9 minute mark. Nikolaj Ehlers would score at the 9 minute mark to give the Jets a 2-1 lead. Jacob Trouba would get the lone assist. Evgeni Malkin would score his 30th of the year at 11:56 to tie the game at 2. Phil Kessel and Brian Dumoulin would get the assists. Tom Sestito would get a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind at 13:10. Andrew Copp would get called for roughing at 13:10. Blake Wheeler would get called for tripping at 14:14. Dustin Byfuglien would score his 10th of the year 4 on 4 at 16:10 to give the jets a 3-2 lead. Mark Scheifele and Ben Chiarot would get the assists. Chris Kunitz would get called for delay of game at 18:44. Winnipeg would have 14 shots in the 1st period to the Penguins 11.
Mark Streit would get called for slashing at 5:04 of the 2nd period. Ben Chiarot would get called for holding at 7:51. Bryan Little would get called for hooking at 8:38. Justin Schultz would score on the powerplay at 9:09 to tie the game at 3. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would get the assists. With the assist Malkin would complete the Gordie Howe hat trick (a goal, an assist, and a fight). Nick Bonino would score his 2nd of the game on the powerplay at 9:29 to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead. Conor Sheary and Mark Streit would get the assists. Evgeni Malkin would score his 2nd of the game at 10:06 to make it 5-3. Carl Hagelin and Chad Ruhwedel would get the assists. Michael Hutchinson would replace Connor Hellebuyck in net for the Jets. Mathieu Perreault would get called for holding the stick at 16:55. Nick Bonino would score on the powerplay at 18:21 to complete the hat trick to make it 6-3. Chad Ruhwedel and Mark Streit would get the assists. Conor Sheary would get called for hooking at 19:00. The Penguins would have 12 shots to the Jets 11 in the 2nd period.
Matt Cullen would get called for holding at 9:53 of the 3rd. Adam Lowry would get a 10 minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct. Jake Guentzel would score at 16:02 to make it 7-3. Chad Ruhwedel and Conor Sheary would get the assists. Conor Sheary and Josh Morrissey would each get 2 for slashing and 2 for cross checking. Marko Dano would score at 18:45 to make it 7-4. Andrew Copp and Paul Postma would get the assists. The Penguins and the Jets would each have 10 shots in the 3rd.
The Penguins would go 3 for 5 on the powerplay and kill off all 5 penalties. Matt Murray would make 31 saves on 35 shots in the win.Nick Bonino would have 3 goals. Evgeni Malkin would have 2 goals and 1 assist. Justin Schultz and Jake Guentzel would add a goal each. Chad Ruhwedel would have 3 assists. Mark Streit and Conor Sheary would each have 2 assists. Carl Hagelin, Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby, and Brian Dumoulin would each have an assist. The Penguins play at the Edmonton Oilers (35-23-8) on Saturday.