PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Versteeg scored the only goal in the shootout and the Calgary Flames recovered after a furious third-period rally by the Pittsburgh Penguins to get a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.
Chad Johnson stopped 31 shots in regulation and then turned away Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby in the shootout. The Penguins’ Kris Letang hit the post on his team’s final attempt.
Michael Frolik scored his 13th goal of the season and Micheal Ferland added his eighth as Calgary picked up two valuable points in the crowded chase for one of the final playoff spots in the wide-open Western Conference.
Crosby inched closer to becoming the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points when he assisted on Chris Kunitz’s third-period goal for career point No. 999. Rookie forward Jake Guentzel forced overtime with his fifth of the season with just under five minutes remaining. Matt Murray made 28 saves but had no chance on Versteeg’s beautiful deke in the shootout.