There are a lot of factors that have allowed the Penguins to go unbeaten in their last eight games, 7-0-1. Special teams and goaltending have been arguably the biggest catalyst to the team’s success, and that was the case again in its 2-1 victory over Ottawa at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Penguins scored twice on the man-advantage and held the Senators’ PP off the board on three opportunities en route to netting two points in the standings. Pittsburgh’s two power-play goals were the result of some great work in front of the Ottawa net.
Marc-Andre Fleury was awesome between the pipes for the Penguins, stopping 43 shots in the game – including 20 in the first period. Fleury, who has started every game of Pittsburgh’s 7-0-1 streak, made the save of the year with a sliding, split glove save on Chris Kelly in the first period.
The Penguins staved off a final-minute surge by Ottawa to preserve the 2-1 win.
Marc-Andre Fleury no doubt was the biggest reason the Penguins picked up a victory against Ottawa. But Tyler Kennedy was an unsung hero for Pittsburgh.
Kennedy had a strong game and was flying all over the ice. He was rewarded with some time on the power play. Kennedy, in turn, rewarded his coaches by assisting on both Penguins’ goals on the power play (and in the game).
Kenney was part of a scramble above the crease when Evgeni Malkin swooped in to snap a shot into the net for Pittsburgh’s first goal. Kennedy provided the perfect screen, blocking Ottawa goaltender Pascal Leclaire’s view, as Alex Goligoski scored the Penguins’ second goal.
Kennedy finished the game with two assists, six shots, two hits and 11:22 minutes of ice time.
The Penguins received a four-minute double-minor power play when Chris Kelly was called for hooking and holding 2:47 into the third period. Ottawa killed off the first leg of the penalty. The Senators were two more minutes away from escaping unscathed and with a gust of momentum behind them.
But the game turned 18 seconds into the second penalty. Mike Fisher fell down in the high slot, allowing Alex Goligoski to skate the puck deep into the far circle. With Tyler Kennedy providing a screen, Goligoski lifted a perfect shot off the post and into the net.
(AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 43 saves, Alex Goligoski scored the winning goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 for their fifth consecutive game Friday.
Fleury lost six of his first seven decisions and temporarily lost his starting job, but as he has played better, so have the Penguins. Pittsburgh and Fleury are 7-0-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average in their past eight.
Evgeni Malkin also scored with Sidney Crosby assisting on the play for the Penguins. Crosby extended his points streak to 11 games, third-longest of his career and tied for the longest in the NHL this season.
• With one assist, Crosby extended his season-long scoring streak to 11 games, the longest in the NHL this season and third longest of his career. Crosby has 22 points (9G-13A) during the streak.
• Marc-Andre Fleury made 43 saves against Ottawa and 30 saves at Buffalo Wednesday night to record his first shutout of the season and 17th of his career. That’s 73 saves in the last 120 minutes of play. Fleury has recorded at least 27 saves in his last five starts.
• Fleury even got involved with Ottawa’s Chris Neil, a noted troublemaker. The two got into the battle after Neil crashed the net hard. Neil even removed Fleury’s helmet during the encounter. Fleury was fired up and really elevated his play following the scuffle.
• The Penguins penalty killers went a perfect 3-for-3 on the afternoon. Pittsburgh hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in 11 of the last 13 contests. The PK unit has killed off 50 of the last 52 penalties (96.2 percent), including 25 straight kills.
• The Senators took 21 shots in the first period, the most by the team in one period this season. The 21 shots allowed by the Penguins in the first was also the most the Penguins have allowed in one frame this season. The Penguins countered with 20 shots in the second period, the most by Pittsburgh in a period this season. Both teams combined for 84 (Ott - 44, Pit - 40).