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Pens hold off Ducks for seventh straight road win

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Pens hold off Ducks for seventh straight road win
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Anaheim Ducks 3
The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing so well that not even their California jinx can slow them down.

Pascal Dupuis' goal with 10:47 to play broke a 3-3 tie, and the Penguins tied an NHL record with their seventh straight road victory to open the season by beating the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on Tuesday night.

The Penguins won in the Golden State for just the second time in 16 games since January 1999. They matched the 1940 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1985 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2005 Detroit Red Wings by starting the season with seven wins in a row on the road. New Jersey also is 7-0 on the road this season -- including a victory at Pittsburgh.

"The road has been good to us," said defenseman Alex Goligoski, who scored his sixth of the season in the third period to give the Penguins a brief 3-2 lead.

Pens coach Dan Bylsma wasn't concerned with records -- just victories.

"I haven't taken time to really dwell on the success," he said. "I'm just focused on the task at hand. We'll take this win and move on."

Sidney Crosby didn't get on the scoresheet, but saved the game for the Penguins with just over three minutes left when he slid across the crease to stop a shot by Scott Niedermayer that would have tied the game. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 more conventional saves.

"I just tried to help out," the Penguins' captain said. "He made a great save on (Saku) Koivu, so we owed him one. I was lucky (Niedermayer) didn't get it up."

The Ducks (4-7-2) lost for the sixth time in seven games despite two goals by center Corey Perry and 23 saves by Jonas Hiller.

"We put in a good effort, but it's still a loss," Perry said. "If we keep playing like we did in the third period, bounces have to come for us. We're playing a little stronger and trying to put 60 minutes together. It's something that we’re preaching every day in practice. "

Dupuis broke a 3-3 tie and capped a wild 80-seconds stretch when he teed up a 40-foot straightaway slapper and ripped it through traffic and past Hiller, who was screened.

Goligoski's fourth goal in five games at 7:55 of the third, a long slapper through a screen, put Pittsburgh ahead 3-2. But Saku Koivu tied it again just 19 seconds later while sliding out from behind the net. Dupuis' long slapper put Pittsburgh ahead to stay.

"I have to do a better job finding the puck on those goals," Hiller said. "I lost it on its way. I have to look at it again and see who was screening me, if it was our guy or their guy."

Perry rifled home a rebound 3:57 into the game for the first of his two goals -- and the 100th of his career -- to give Anaheim a quick 1-0 lead. But Michael Rupp tied it at 2:39 of the second period and Kris Letang scored at 10:02 during a delayed penalty to give the Penguins their first lead. Perry tied it at 16:01 with his second of the night.

Hiller had Penguins in his lap all night long -- partially because the Ducks played without defenseman James Wisniewski, who sat out the first game of a two-game suspension for a high hit on Phoenix captain Shane Doan last weekend. Wisniewski has averaged more than 25 minutes this season.

"We had lost of chances and there was lots of frustration coming to the bench," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "The emotion that we displayed at the end was consistent though the game, so it wasn’t like we were not in the hockey game."



scoring summary
1st Period
03:57
ANA
Corey Perry (9) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (8)
1 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
02:39
PIT
Mike Rupp (4) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (2), Jay McKee (3)
1 - 1 Tie
10:02
PIT
Kris Letang (1) ASST: Brooks Orpik (4), Matt Cooke (4)
2 - 1 PIT
16:01
ANA
Corey Perry (10) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (11), Bobby Ryan (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
07:55
PIT
Alex Goligoski (6) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (3), Jordan Staal (3)
3 - 2 PIT
08:14
ANA
Saku Koivu (2) ASST: Teemu Selanne (1)
3 - 3 Tie
09:13
PIT
Pascal Dupuis (3) ASST: Brooks Orpik (5), Kris Letang (6)
4 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
09:00
ANA
Ryan Carter  Interference against  Jay McKee
11:15
ANA
Brendan Mikkelson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:23
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Interference on goalkeeper against  Marc-Andre Fleury
17:03
ANA
Saku Koivu  Interference against  Mark Eaton
2nd Period
02:39
PIT
Jay McKee  Unsportsmanlike conduct
02:39
PIT
Matt Cooke  Roughing against  Sheldon Brookbank
02:39
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
11:17
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Hooking against  Joffrey Lupul
3rd Period
09:43
ANA
Saku Koivu  Interference against  Brooks Orpik
19:59
ANA
Corey Perry  Boarding against  Brooks Orpik
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 29TOI: 59:46
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .897SH: 2 - 2
Jonas Hiller
SA: 27TOI: 58:56
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .852SH: 1 - 1