ANAHEIM — The Anaheim Ducks lost their 10th consecutive game after the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 7-4 win at Honda Center on Friday.
Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and three assists, Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and Tanner Pearson scored twice for Pittsburgh (25-13-6), which trailed 3-0 after the first period and has won 10 of its past 11 games.
Matt Murray made 21 saves to extend his NHL career-high winning streak to nine games.
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“I think any time you come back from a three-goal deficit, I think it’s a great character builder,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We felt like we were playing well and that’s what we said to the players after the first period. ‘We got a lot of hockey left, we have the firepower to come back, let’s just stay with it, let’s not become a high-risk team. Play within our self, and stick to the game plan, and we can come back.'”
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Adam Henrique had two assists and John Gibson made 29 saves for Anaheim (19-18-8), which is 0-7-3 since defeating the Penguins on Dec. 17.
“It’s awful not being able to finish a game you start 3-0,” Getzlaf said. “We have to go to work. I’ve done 12 of these interviews in the last three weeks. Message is the same. We have to make a decision, a conscious decision. It won’t just happen. You have to think about it, go through the motion and go through the whole process.”
Pearson tied it 4-4 at 9:33 of the third period on a one-timer short side, and Kessel gave the Penguins their first lead, 5-4 at 10:21 after getting his own rebound in front following a turnover by Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson.
Pearson extended the lead to 6-4 at 16:35, and Guentzel completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left to make it 7-4.
Nick Ritchie gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 1:27 of the first period when Ondrej Kase‘s cross-crease pass redirected off his stick and Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson‘s skate into the net.
Getzlaf scored to make it 2-0 at 7:41. The goal ended an eight-game streak without a point (his longest in the NHL).
Daniel Sprong, who was acquired by Anaheim in a trade with Pittsburgh on Dec. 3, made it 3-0 at 12:23.
Malkin scored 59 seconds into the second period to make it 3-1.
“To get that one early in the second … that was good to get that one early and give us some life,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “We played a pretty good game. I know it was 3-0, but we still felt like we did some good things in the first period.”
Guentzel cut it to 3-2 at 4:54, scoring five-hole off a cross-ice pass from Brian Dumoulin. He tied it 3-3 at 11:24 with a rebound in the slot on the power play.
“We stopped playing,” Getzlaf said. “They’re a good hockey club. They’re not going to let us win. We came out a little flat, started taking penalties, started running around in our zone and not making strong plays in crucial times.”
Jakob Silfverberg gave the Ducks a 4-3 lead with a shorthanded goal at 14:39. Henrique stole the puck from Malkin in the neutral zone and passed it ahead to Silfverberg, who scored glove side on a breakaway.
“We just stopped playing,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “It looked like we were out of gas. They were in a faster gear than we were. It seems like when we have to reach back for more energy or stiffness with our group, we’re unable to do it. We just seem to be lacking energy.”
They said it
“We just kept going the same way. We didn’t get away from our game or open it up too much. For the most part, we were pretty solid and we found ways to generate chances consistently.” — Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
“When you’re up like that, they’re a great team, but we need to learn how to play with a lead. Whether it’s one goal, two or three at any point of the game, we need to be tight and keep your foot on the gas.” — Ducks forward Adam Henrique
Need to know
Pittsburgh has won six straight on the road for the first time since winning a Penguins record eight in a row from March 11-April 7, 2016. … Guentzel has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak. … Malkin has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a five-game point streak. … The seven goals were the most allowed at home by Anaheim since Feb. 16, 2011 (7-6 loss to Washington Capitals). … Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who had an assist, was among the four players who won the 2019 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas fan vote.
Penguins: At the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)
Ducks: At the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; TSN3, PRIME, NHL.TV)