The Minnesota Wild's struggles on the defensive end of the ice continued Tuesday night as they dropped their sixth straight game, losing 7-2 to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
David Perron had a pair of goals for the Penguins and Minnesota native Paul Martin had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh. Penguin superstars Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for 5 assists on the night.
The game unraveled for the Wild after Jonas Brodin cut the Pittsburgh lead to one at 2-1. Just over a minute later the Penguins answered with a power play goal from Chris Kunitz, and things quickly got away from Minnesota from there.
The Penguins netted three more goals to build a 6-1 lead, before the Wild answered back for one late.
Afterwards a disappointed Mike Yeo refused to say the team quit.
The Wild head to Buffalo for a Thursday night game before returning home for Hockey Day Minnesota on Saturday.
1st period: 6:16 PIT – Marcel Goc (2) Assist: Zach Sill (1), Craig Adams (4) 1-0 PIT
1st period: 12:04 PIT – David Perron (7) Assist: Christian Ehrhoff (10), Sydney Crosby (33) 2-0 PIT
2nd period: 5:12 MIN – Jonas Brodin (2) Assist: Nate Prosser (4), Jason Pominville (24) 2-1 PIT
2nd period: 6:45 PIT – PPG Chris Kunitz (13) Assist: Evgeni Malkin (29), Kris Letang (19) 3-1 PIT
3rd period: 5:03 PIT – Brandon Sutter (9) Assist: Paul Martin (7) 4-1 PIT
3rd period: 9:08 PIT – Martin (2) Assist: Nick Spaling (12), Malkin (30) 5-1 PIT
3rd period: 10:56 PIT – Letang (9) Assist: Perron (15), Crosby (34) 6-1 PIT
3rd period: 13:57 MIN – Justin Fontaine (4) Assist: Erik Haula (2), Ryan Suter (22) 6-2 PIT
3rd period: 16:39 PIT – Perron (8) Assist: Kunitz (14), Crosby (35) 7-2 PIT