NHL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, February 11th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, Winnipeg 5
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin had a goal and four assists,
as the Penguins downed the Jets, 8-5, on Saturday.
Kris Letang added two goals and an assist and Jordan Staal scored in his
first game back from a knee injury for the Penguins, who had gone 1-2-1 over
their previous four games.
Chris Kunitz added a goal and three assists, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 20
saves in the win.
"We wanted to play a little bit of a better game," said Staal. "We obviously
did a great job offensively to stay ahead of them but we have to play better
defensively if we want to keep winning."
Winnipeg had won two straight, including Thursday's comeback victory over the
Capitals, but was downed by a relentless Pittsburgh attack. Ondrej Pavelec
stopped 31-of-39 shots in the loss, while Tim Stapleton, Dustin Byfuglien and
Bryan Little all finished with a goal and an assist.
The Jets carried the momentum from Thursday's comeback, which saw them score
two late goals before winning in a shootout, into Saturday. They were ahead
2-0 before the midway point of the first on tallies by Kyle Wellwood and
Alexander Burmistrov. But the Penguins battled back, tying the game before the
first intermission behind goals from Dustin Jeffrey and James Neal.
They continued to surge in the second, as Kunitz drove home a snap shot just
3:12 in and Letang's backhander made it a 4-2 game near the midway point.
Stapleton responded minutes later, burying a centering pass from Blake
Wheeler, who had fallen down behind the net. But Malkin re-established a two-
goal advantage with a wrister towards the end of the period.
Byfuglien scored 4:35 into the third, wristing one home from the right
circle, but Richard Park negated the tally 19 seconds later with a tip-in
goal, making it 6-4.
Staal, who had missed 15 straight games due to a balky knee, pushed the
advantage to three with a wrister at the 7:48 mark and Letang answered
Little's goal at the midway point with a tally in the closing minutes to
seal the comfortable win.
"I thought it was poor," said Jets coach Claude Noel. "We didn't win battles.
Was there anything good out of that game?"
This was the third of four meetings between the teams this season. The
Penguins have won two of three thus far...Staal has six goals in his last 10
outings against Winnipeg...Fleury improved to 12-2 in his last 14 starts
against the Winnipeg franchise...Pavelec is 1-9 lifetime against the Penguins.
02/11 19:58:20 ET