Penguins lose to Winnipeg, 4-2

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Penguins failed to protect a two-goal lead and lost to Winnipeg, 4-2, at the MTS Centre tonight.

The loss was their second in a row and dropped the Penguins' record to 2-2.

Sidney Crosby gave them a 1-0 lead with his second goal of the season at 4:26 of the first period, as he beat Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec on the short side from inside the left circle.

Crosby struck again at 14:58, cutting into the slot and tossing a backhander past Pavelec for his second of the period.

His second goal was Crosby's 614th career point, moving him past Ron Francis and into fourth place on the franchise's all-time list.

Evander Kane sliced the Penguins' lead in half just 70 seconds into the second period, as he capped a passing play by throwing a shot past Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun from the left hash mark.

Winnipeg then pulled even on a power--play goal by Dustin Byfuglien at 13:35, as he beat Vokoun with a slapshot from the right point while Vokoun was being screened by Jets center Nik Antropov.

The Jets' surge continued when Bryan Little took the puck to the net, then set up Andrew Ladd in the right circle for what proved to be the game-winner at 17:53, and only a spectacular save by Vokoun on Kane with 54.6 seconds to go before intermission prevented Winnipeg from going up two.

Blake Wheeler sealed Winnipeg's victory with an empty-net goal at 18:52 of the third.

The Penguins are off until Sunday, when they will visit Ottawa at 5:08 p.m.

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