Newly-promoted Brian Gibbons tallied two points, including a goal on his first National Hockey League shot, and led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 home win Monday night over the leaders of the NHL Pacific Division, the Anaheim Ducks.
Gibbons also assisted on a goal by Brandon Sutter, and Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury (12-6) stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win.
Ryan Getzlaf provided the only goal for Anaheim (15-6-5). Viktor Fasth (2-2-1) took the loss. All of the scoring was accomplished in the final period.
Gibbons was an undrafted free agent signed by the Penguin’s organization in 2011. He had been a member of two NCAA championship teams at Boston College.
Pittsburgh (13-8) had lost four of their previous five games, but Monday’s win propelled them back ahead of Washington (12-8-1) into first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Pens and Caps will meet Wednesday in Washington. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:30 PM.