PENGUINS 5, SHARKS 1
- The Penguins now have a season-high five-game winning streak. They are unbeaten in their last six games (5-0-1).
- Pittsburgh tied its season high by winning its fifth-straight home game.
- With tonight’s victory, Dan Bylsma has now recorded a win against every NHL team. He had been 0-1-2 against San Jose prior to tonight.
- Pittsburgh finished the evening by killing off all three of San Jose’s power play opportunities. At home this season the Penguins are 30-for-33 (91.6% success rate) on the PK.
- With tonight’s win, the Penguins have ended a three-game losing streak against the Sharks.
- The Penguins are 7-1 when being outshot this season. San Jose’s 45 shots on goal were the most allowed by the Penguins in a single game this year (Florida; 40; Nov. 30).
- Pittsburgh improves to 16-1 when scoring the first goal.
- The Penguins are 11-0 when registering 4 or more goals in a game.
- Pittsburgh’s power play went 1-for-2. The Penguins power play ranks first in the NHL at 26.4% (27-for-102) and their 15 home power-play goals are tied for second most in the NHL.
- Sidney Crosby played in his 500th game tonight. With his three assists he has now recorded multiple points in his 100th (1G-1A), 200th (2A), 300th (2G), 400th (1G-1A) and 500th (3A) career games.
- Crosby, who leads the NHL with 41 points, has a nine-game home point-streak, registering a total of 15 points (6G-9A).
- Marc-Andre Fleury finished with a season-high 44 saves, three shy of his career high. His 16 wins are the most in the Eastern Conference.
- Kris Letang’s third-period goal extended the Penguin’s lead to 5-1. He continues to lead team D-men with six goals on the season.
- Chris Kunitz scored two goals in the second period, extending his point streak to six games (5G-4A), a season high. Tonight marked his seventh multiple-point game this season.
- Chris Kunitz’s 16 goals are tied for third place in the NHL with Corey Perry (ANA) and Patrick Kane (CHI). He also moved ahead of Sidney Crosby (15G) for the team lead.
- Pascal Dupuis opened up scoring with a goal at the start of the second period. It is his first goal in 11 games, the last being November 15 versus NSH.
- Brooks Orpik recorded his sixth assist of the season on the goal. It was Orpik’s first point since Oct. 30th versus Boston.
- Jayson Megna tallied his 3rd goal of the season. He has 2 points (1G-1A) in his last two games.
- Simon Despres was credited with his first point of the season on the Megna goal. This is Despres’ first point with the Penguins since Mar. 22, 2013 at NYI.
- James Neal registered an assist on both of Kunitz’s goals. Over his last nine games, he has 16 points (8G-8A). The assists also extend his point streak to 3 games (2G-3A).
Attendance: 18,552 (301st consecutive sellout)
Tyler Kennedy will be returning to Pittsburgh, but in a different jersey. He says returning to Pittsburgh in a different jersey is quite the emotional rollercoaster.
TK was quoted in this article:
“I was here for six years and it was a great six years,” he continued. “I think I really grew as a person and as a player. Pittsburgh was like a second home to me, so it means a lot to be back here and I am excited to be back here.”
The Pens really played well last night. And fought hard. 3-2 in overtime.
The Pens' Blue Line has really stepped up even though there has been a large amount of injuries. The Pens took a win last night against the Islanders 3-2. The Islanders had some quick goals at the start of the game. But the Pens were determined.
Malkin says that once James Neal came back to play after healing from injury, he has simply played better.
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