PITTSBURGH (AP) - Cal O'Reilly and Martin Erat scored in the shootout and the Nashville Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Sunday - a game in which Penguins and Team Canada star Sidney Crosby was seen wincing shortly after blocking a shot.
Crosby, who tied Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead with his 42nd goal of the season and also added an assist, appeared frustrated and in pain on the bench after an apparent injury to his right leg moments after he blocked a shot with his shin. The shot came about seven minutes into the second period.
Although he was skating gingerly soon after, Crosby appeared fine by the end of the game - although he did miss on his shootout chance for only the second time in eight opportunities this season.
Predators goalie Dan Ellis made 30 saves and stopped Kris Letang and Crosby in the shootout.
Matt Cooke and Brooks Orpik scored for the Penguins in the last game before the NHL's Olympic break.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the resiliency in the team today coming back from being down a couple times…
One of the things we pride ourselves in organizationally is that we are resilient and we’ll hang in there. We had some timely goals. We had a big power play goal to tie it up. Once they made it 2-1, we got that next shift and got a goal. That was really huge. When it was 3-2 that was the first time I sensed we might not have that third try in us. Then we got a big goal there and at that point I felt that we were going to get a point. I didn’t know if we were going to get two. We were really resilient. We stayed on the puck. There were some adjustments we tried to make during the game a little bit and guys just got it done. They battled hard and I’m just happy we were able to beat them in the shootout.
On the overtime period…
They had the power play that was part of it. Four on four they’ve got some really skilled people. Sometimes the best thing you can do is allow them to have the puck and not over commit one way or another because they can burn you. There were times when we were a little cautious especially in the overtime when they had the power play. They had some really good looks there.
On winning the last game before the Olympic Break…
For us it was big. We talked about our last eight games; we had four at home and four on the road. We really felt that if we could have a little stint through those eight games we’d be alright and we were 4-2-2. We got points almost every game except two that we lost late and lost some in the shootout. We were right there. It’s something to build towards the break, then we come out of the break and only have 21 games so it will be a dog fight in the West as it will in the East.