Saturday, October 19, 2013
Penguins Are 5-0 at Home after Shootout Victory over Vancouver
In a game that had a little bit of everything, the Pittsburgh Penguins had just enough to get by the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout on Saturday. Evgeni Malkin beat Roberto Luongo with a backhand after a sweet deke, and Marc-Andre Fleury stoned Ryan Kesler's attempt to prolong the game, stacking the pads and bringing the Consol Energy Center crowd to its feet. For Fleury the stop marks the 14th consecutive time that he has made the game-winning save when his Penguins have the chance to close out a shootout at home--a remarkable stat. Pittsburgh, which has won all five of its home games this season, improves to 7-1 with a plus-12 goal differential. Fleury has won all seven games he has played. Sidney Crosby turned in another fine performance for the Pens, notching his seventh goal (see below) in the first period, then adding his ninth and tenth assists on the next two Penguin tallies. Crosby leads the NHL with 17 points, which puts him on pace for about 170 for the season. Vancouver drops to 5-3-1 with the loss, good for third in the Pacific Division.