EDMONTON — The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their point streak against the Edmonton Oilers to 19 games with a 5-2 win at Rogers Place on Friday.
The Penguins are 15-0-4 against the Oilers, a Pittsburgh record for the longest point streak against an individual opponent and the longest active run by any team in the NHL.
Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for Pittsburgh (21-10-4), which extended its winning streak to four games. It was Jarry’s first game against the Oilers. He won the Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL in 2014.
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“It was pretty cool. It’s exciting, something that you think would really never happen,” Jarry said. “I’m glad it did, glad I was able to start in one of the two cities where I basically grew up, so it’s fun.”
Zack Kassian and Riley Sheahan scored for Edmonton (19-15-4), which is 1-5-1 in its past seven games. Mike Smith made 21 saves.
“It’s tough,” Sheahan said. “When things are going for you, you seem to get the bounces and the power play was scoring a lot and it seemed like we were just rolling. Right now we’re in a rut and maybe it takes a game or two to get out of that. We have focus on the little things and try to calm down when mistakes are made and try to forget about them and play the way we know we can play.”
Chad Ruhwedel scored 7:56 into the first period on a shot from the point through a screen to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.
Joseph Blandisi scored on a breakaway coming out of the penalty box to make it 2-0 at 12:56.
“We were trying to check and defend hard, especially against a team that has a dynamic offense like Edmonton does,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought for the most part we did a pretty good job in the first. We accomplished that.”
Kassian cut it to 2-1 at 6:41 of the second period, tipping in a shot from Darnell Nurse.
Jared McCann made it 3-1 on a breakaway at 15:38 following a turnover at the Pittsburgh blue line.
Sheahan scored Edmonton’s first shorthanded goal of the season at 19:37 to make it 3-2, but Kris Letang scored on the power play 38 seconds into the third period to increase the lead to 4-2.
“That was a huge turning point in the game,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. “We got the big shorthanded goal, but then we thought we had it tied up in the corner but it ends up getting across and Letang makes a hell of a shot. To me, that was a big turning point in the game. All of a sudden you are down two early in the third and it changes the game a little bit.”
Connor McDavid appeared to bring the Oilers within 4-3 at 16:24, but the goal was waved off for goaltender interference. Tippett did not challenge the call.
Brandon Tanev scored into an empty net with Smith pulled for an extra attacker at 17:42 for the 5-2 final.
“When you don’t play a team that much you just focus on yourself and how your team plays,” McCann said. “Tonight we did that, just focused on ourselves and what we could do to come out on top. We did a really good job tonight defensively of kind of taking time and space from their top guys. You’ve got to give [Jarry] credit again, he was a wall for us.”
They said it
“Every night we have a different group of guys stepping up. That’s been the key for us, making sure we’re playing our game and playing to our systems and we get the timely goals that we do from different guys every night.” — Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry
“I haven’t minded our game, which is tough to say when you are losing hockey games. Obviously we have to find a way to get wins, but we’re working hard, we’re defending better than we have before. The number might not suggest that, but it feels that way at least. We just have to find a way to create some offense.” — Oilers center Connor McDavid
Need to know
Defenseman Marcus Pettersson and forward Zach Aston-Reese each had two assists for Pittsburgh. … Penguins forward Bryan Rust had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (four goals, four assists). … Jarry is 9-2-0 in his past 11 games. … Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin had an assist, giving him 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 16 games without Sidney Crosby in the lineup. … Edmonton has lost all five games this season when McDavid and Leon Draisaitl do not have a point.
Penguins: At the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)
Oilers: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, SNW, SNP, TVAS, NHL.TV)