Kunitz, Crosby lead Penguins to 5-2 win over Wild

DAN SCIFO (Associated Press)
The Associated Press
Kunitz, Crosby lead Penguins to 5-2 win over Wild
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz, left, celebrates his second-period goal with teammate Sidney Crosby (87), who assisted on the goal, during an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Chris Kunitz scored his 19th goal, Sidney Crosby had two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a four-goal lead before beating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 Thursday night for their season-high sixth straight victory.

Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta sealed the Penguins' win when he scored on a third-period penalty shot. Pascal Dupuis and Brandon Sutter each scored for the second consecutive game, and defenseman Matt Niskanen also tallied for Pittsburgh, which has won 11 of 12 overall and a nine straight home game.

Crosby extended his season-best point streak to nine games. He leads the league with 51 points.

Jason Pominville netted his team-high 16th goal and Dany Heatley scored 3:13 into the third period for the Wild, turning a three-goal deficit into a 4-2 game.