Kunitz, Crosby lead Penguins to 5-2 win over WildPittsburgh Penguins' Pascal Dupuis (9) gets to a rebound off Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) and gets it past Backstrom for a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game 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.