Pittsburgh Penguins score short-handed OT winner off Avalanche stick

The Colorado Avalanche put the pin in their own coffin with an own goal in overtime while on the power play.

Regulation time wasn’t enough on Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Penguins remained tied with the Avalanche 2-2 after three periods.

Nearly halfway through the five-minute overtime, Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin was assessed a slashing penalty on Cale Makar, giving the Avs a 4-on-3 man advantage.

Unfortunately for Colorado, just 1:19 later, penalty killer Brandon Tanev sent a puck on a prayer across the crease. It took an awkward deflection off of Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog and into the back of the net for the short-handed own goal.

Brandon Tanev’s first goal in a Penguins uniform came in a rare manner. He became only the second player in franchise history to score a short-handed overtime goal and the first to do so since the NHL switched to the 3-on-3 overtime format in 2015.

The Avalanche captain scrambled to keep the rubber disk from crossing the line behind his goalie but was unable to do so.

With the lamp lit and the siren sounding, Colorado’s undefeated streak ended. They were the last team to suffer a loss this season after winning their first five games.

The Penguins improved to 5-2-0 and now ride a four-game win streak while the Avalanche dropped to 5-0-1. They still remain in first place in the Central division.

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