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Aftermath: Penguins 5, Ducks 2

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
    
  
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QUICK ANALYSIS
Pittsburgh put together a complete performance in their 5-2 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks. The Penguins used a balanced scoring attack as eight different players wound up on the scoresheet, and played solid in their own zone, clearing away rebound opportunities and limiting Anaheim’s dangerous trio of Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry to just one assist, six shots and a minus-5 rating combined.
 
WHAT HAPPENED
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bill Guerin ended Pittsburgh's eight-game streak without a power-play goal by scoring in the first period, Jordan Staal scored shorthanded and the Penguins wrapped up Anaheim's winless four-game road trip by beating the Ducks 5-2 on Monday night.
 
SHOT OF THE NIGHT

Bill Guerin ends Pittsburgh's power-play scoring drought with a wicked one-timer
(photo by Getty)
ESSENTIALS
 
What Worked Well: Balanced Scoring
The Penguins scoring depth was on display against Anaheim as eight players registered a point. The Penguins had goals from Matt Cooke (2), Bill Guerin, Jordan Staal and Martin Skoula. With scoring contributions from three lines, Pittsburgh was able to send Anaheim back to California with a loss.

What Could Have Gone Better: Shorthanded Score Against
The Penguins got caught in a line change during a power play in the first period and the Ducks took advantage with a shorthanded score. With a turnover in the neutral zone and the Penguins changing lines, Anaheim broke in on goal with a two-on-one. Todd Marchant was able to get alone on Marc-Andre Fleury and get the Ducks on the board.
 
DIFFERENCE MAKER
 
With the Penguins clinging to a 2-1 lead in a close contest, Jordan Staal scored a critical shorthanded goal to swing the momentum back into Pittsburgh’s favor. Staal made a smart play to sneak behind the Ducks’ defense for a breakaway before roofing a perfect shot into the top-left corner.

Staal also had an assist for a two-point night, recorded a plus-3 rating and logged 18:57 minutes of ice time.
 
SCORING SYNOPSIS
  
The Penguins got on the board first thanks to a turnover inside the Anaheim zone. Ryan Getzlaf’s attempted pass out of the zone was intercepted by Matt Cooke above the far circle. Cooke then delivered a backhander through traffic and into the back of the net. Pittsburgh 1, Anaheim 0.

The Penguins grabbed a 2-0 lead and broke their recent power-play slump with a man-advantage tally five minutes into the opening period. Sidney Crosby had the puck at the near halfwall. Crosby pushed the puck to Bill Guerin in the high slot. Guerin ripped the puck behind Ducks netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Pittsburgh 2, Anaheim 0.

The Ducks got on the board with a shorthanded score in part to a great break out pass from Scott Neidermeyer. The veteran NHL defenseman threw a puck off the boards to spring Corey Perry and Todd Marchant for a two-on-one. Perry slid a pass to Marchant, leaving him one-on-one with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Marchant made a nice move before dishing the puck over the goal line. Pittsburgh 2, Anaheim 1.

The Penguins regained their two-goal lead four minutes into the second frame with a shorthanded goal from Jordan Staal. Staal battled for the puck near the Pittsburgh blue line. The Ducks batted it back into the zone right to Deryk Engelland. Staal broke behind Anaheim’s defense and Engelland launched him on a breakaway. Staal deked the puck before lifting a shot into the top-left corner. Pittsburgh 3, Anaheim 1.

The Penguins extended their lead with a goal 3:28 into the third period. After several great chances, it was Martin Skoula who lasered a shot from above the far circle and past Giguere. Pittsburgh 4, Anaheim 1.

The Ducks added a late goal in the final period on Teemu Selanne’s one-timer from above near circle. Pittsburgh 4, Anaheim 2.

The Penguins sealed the game with an empty-net goal from Matt Cooke. Pittsburgh 5, Anaheim 2.
 
INTRIGUING NOTABLES
 
Marc-Andre Fleury, who has lost his last four starts, bounced back with a strong performance against Anaheim. He made 23 saves for the win, including a few beauties. Fleury stacked the pads against Mike Brown from right atop of the crease in the second period. In the third, Fleury made a sprawling save on Joffrey Lupul, getting his outstretched arm on the shot.

The Penguins power play finally broke through with a score in the first period. The team hadn’t scored in its last eight games and endured an 0 for 30 drought. Pittsburgh has been forced to make a lot of adjustments with their recent outbreak of injuries and their power play has been severely affected. The Penguins would love to build on that success.
 
GAME NOTES
 
Pittsburgh improved to 14-7 on the season with a 7-4 mark at Mellon Arena.

> Scoring Summary:
PIT, M.Cooke (3), 1:31 1st period: Penguins 1, Ducks 0
PIT, B.Guerin PP (5), 5:13 1st period: Penguins 2, Ducks 0
ANA, T.Marchant SH (3), 9:06 1st period: Penguins 2, Ducks 1
PIT, J.Staal SH (5), 4:09 2nd period: Penguins 3, Ducks 1
PIT, M.Skoula (1), 3:28 3rd period: Penguins 4, Ducks 1
ANA, T.Selanne (10), 17:21 3rd period: Penguins 4, Ducks 2
PIT, M.Cooke (4), 19:47 3rd period: Penguins 5, Ducks 2

> The Penguins conclude their three-game homestand with a 2-1 record. Pittsburgh plays five of its next seven contests, and the next three straight, on the road.

> The Penguins are now 32-10-4 in the regular season since head coach Dan Bylsma took over. They have a record of 17-5-1 at Mellon Arena.

> Pittsburgh improved to 10-1 this season when scoring first.

> Since Bylsma took over as head coach the Penguins have a record of 24-0 when scoring four or more goals, including a 10-0 mark in ’09-10.

> The Penguins are 3-0 in their blue uniforms.

> Matt Cooke posted his first two-goal game of the season. His last two-goal performance was Jan. 16, also against Anaheim and at Mellon Arena.

> Jordan Staal scored his first shorthanded goal of the season. Staal’s nine career shorthanded goals rank eighth (tied) on the franchise’s all-time list. He added an assist for his first two-point game of the season.

> Crosby posted an assist against the Ducks. He has a three-game scoring streak, totaling five points (1G-4A).

> Deryk Engelland picked up his first career NHL point with an assist. He also finished with a career-high plus-3 rating.

> Martin Skoula recorded his first goal as a Penguin.
 
THREE STARS QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
   
1. J.Staal
2. M.Cooke
3. D.Engelland
“They've come into some pretty key situations right away
with the amount of guys that we are missing. They've
done a nice job of coming in and playing solid.”

-Sidney Crosby on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton call ups
 

 



Author: Sam Kasan

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