The Pittsburgh Penguins relied heavily on their star players to produce points, often dragging the team without much help.
Supporting players played big Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets, marking a rare comeback in the third period for Pittsburgh. The fourth double, Derek Grant, scored his first goal of the season to tie the match at 3.
Our wish for a third goal … It was granted.
Wilson with help (his first point in the NHL). Maatta with the other helper (his 100th point in the NHL). pic.twitter.com/Gj1Cbm1s7N
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 28, 2018
The third double Zach Aston-Reese scored his second goal of the season.
Earlier in the game, the fourth double Riley Sheahan scored only his second goal of the season.
Sidney Crosby scored the pens on the goal board in the first period with another goal from the backhand.
But it would be the depth of the players who play a role in this game.
"It's huge when you receive contributions from your entire composition," said coach Mike Sullivan. "Especially the last six. This makes it all the more difficult to play. One night like tonight is the difference in hockey. "
Sullivan must be pleased with the decision of his roster to include Grant, who has made his return from injury. The Winnipeg Jets are the highest team in the league and one of the heaviest. The coach was definitely looking to add Grant's size to 6'3, 215 lbs. Grant replaced Daniel Sprong (healthy scratch).
Garrett Wilson had Grant's assist in goal, scoring his first NHL career point in 40 games.
"I'm sure the Wilkes guys are all excited right now," said Grant. "I'm excited for him. He worked so hard. He was such a good leader in Wilkes. He's a good friend of mine. I'm really excited for him. "
Good feelings are spread all around right now. Pittsburgh improves his record to 9-8-5 and has now taken 8 of the last 10 possible points in the standings after briefly falling to last place in the conference.