Penguins 5 – Avalanche 2 (F)

— A vintage Sidney Crosby Performance, a 2-Goal game from Jeff Carter and Tristan Jarry backstopped the Penguins (35-26-10, 80 pts) to a dominant 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night. Pittsburgh’s impressive win moves them a point ahead of the idle Florida Panthers (36-28-7, 79 pts) in the wild card standings.

PIT Goal Summary | 2nd: Sidney Crosby (30) 1:11; Jake Guentzel (31, PPG) 4:06); Jeff Carter (10, PPG) 14:12; 3rd: Jeff Carter (11) 12:51; Bryan Rust (16, ENG) 19:41

Player of the Game:  Sidney Crosby | Crosby set the tone from start to finish and the team followed his lead. Hitting the 30 goal plateau for the 11th time in his career, Crosby opened the scoring in the second period with a blistering backhand goal that nearly topped 70 mph……….