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Pens hold off Ducks for seventh straight road win

by John Kreiser /
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."

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