PITTSBURGH — Eric Staal's third-period goal proved to be the winner Thursday as the Wild defeated the Penguins 4-2, Pittsburgh's first regulation home loss this season.
Staal also had two assists, giving him 51 points in 50 career games against Pittsburgh. Devan Dubnyk, who made 39 saves, allowed fewer than three goals for the eighth straight game, which includes a streak of three straight shutouts.
Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist scored power-play goals for Pittsburgh.
"We won the special-team battle, usually you win the game," Hornqvist said. "They were better 5-on-5. That's something that can't happen."
Crosby has nine goals and 11 points in eight games since returning from a concussion that sidelined him for the first six games of the season.
Game highlights: Tommy Wingels scored the winning goal to lift the Sharks over the host Panthers 4-2. San Jose faces the Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. … Jakob Silfverberg scored two second-period goals and added two assists as the Ducks beat the host Hurricanes 4-2. … David Backes, David Krejci and Austin Czarnik all had two points for Boston to lift the host Bruins past the Blue Jackets 5-2. … Paul Carr ended the shutout streak of Kings goalie Peter Budaj at 140 minutes, 50 seconds in the first period and the host Canadiens went on to a 4-1 win. Budaj was coming off back-to-back shutouts.