Despite the continuing assault of injuries the Penguins keep suffering, the team has still managed to collect points in the NHL standings.
That was the case again Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Center against the red hot San Jose Sharks. Pittsburgh entered the game with 10 injured players. Things got worse when the team lost defenseman Brooks Orpik in the first period and trailed by a 2-1 score with less than one minute remaining in regulation.
Tyler Kennedy scored with just 50 seconds remaining to force overtime, and secured a crucial point in the NHL standings at a juncture in the season where such points are hard to earn.
Though the Sharks eventually won the contest, 3-2 in the overtime session – on Patrick Marleau’s second goal of the game with 4 seconds left – the Penguins fought back against the heavyweight Sharks, who are now 14-2-1 in their last 17 games, and were close to pulling out the victory.
The Penguins will next embark on their longest road trip of the season, a five-game swing that will see the team play at Carolina, Toronto (twice), New Jersey and Boston.
Tyler Kennedy continues to lead the Penguins’ scoring attack by netting his 13th and 14th goals of the season. He has seven goals in the last 11 games.
Matt Cooke took a shot from the slot that Sharls goalie Antti Niemi kicked to the side of the net in the first period. Kennedy jetted in and buried the shot into an open cage to open the scoring.
Kennedy secured a point for the Penguins in the standings when he tied the game with 50 seconds remaining on his second score of the night. Jordan Staal’s shot hit the post and the puck settled in the crease. Kennedy pounced in and slammed the puck into the goal.
He finished the night with two goals, four shots and a plus-1 rating in 18:37 minutes of ice time.
The Penguins were trailing 2-1 in the third period with under one minute to play. The team pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for the extra attacker.
In a desperation play, Jordan Staal took a shot towards the goal as two teammates crashed the net looking for some loose change. Tyler Kennedy was there and found the loose puck. He buried it to tie the game at 2-2, and guaranteed the Penguins would pick up one point in the NHL standing.
(AP) - Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the game at 4:56 of overtime to extend the San Jose Sharks' winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Logan Couture, with his franchise rookie-record tying 25th goal of the season, also scored while Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots. Improving to 14-2-1 in their past 17 games, the surging Sharks vaulted a point ahead of Phoenix to take over the Pacific Division lead.
Tyler Kennedy scored twice for the Penguins, including tying the game by stuffing in Jordan Staal's rebound, with 50 seconds remaining in the third period.
- The Penguins continue to be plagued with injuries. Already missing 10 players heading into Wednesday’s game against San Jose, Pittsburgh lost one of its cornerstones during the contest. Defenseman Brooks Orpik was injured after being hit by a Patrick Marleau shot with just one minute remaining in the first period. The Penguins played with five blueliners the rest of the game. There was no update from head coach Dan Bylsma on Orpik’s condition.
- The Sharks had a golden opportunity to take the lead halfway through the second period with the game tied at 1-1. It started when Marc-Andre Fleury made a sliding pad save on a one-timer by Devin Setoguchi. The puck bounced dangerously in the crease to rookie scoring sensation Logan Couture. The youngsters hacked at the puck, but Pascal Dupuis blocked the shot with his skate. Dupuis then tied up Couture as Kris Letang swooped in to clear the puck.
- Despite the setback, Fleury put forth one of his best performances of the season to help the Penguins get a point in the standings. He made clutch saves moving side-to-side in his crease. He even made two dramatic split saves in overtime, one on a Patrick Marleau breakaway. Unfortunately Marleau would go on to net the game-winner a few minutes later.
- The Penguins’ two newest acquisitions made their debut in the black and gold (powder blue in this case) jerseys. Forward James Neal finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two shots and three hits in 20:48 minutes of ice time. Defenseman Matt Niskanen recorded three shots and three blocked shots in 19:33 minutes of ice time.
- Jordan Staal has been an absolute workhorse for the Penguins of late. Wednesday was no different as Staal logged 29:04 minutes of ice time – nearly half of the game. He has played 22-plus minutes in nine of the past 11 games.
#1. Patrick Marleau
Forward - 12
#2. Tyler Kennedy
Right Wing - 48
#3. Devin Setoguchi
Forward - 16
Author: Sam Kasan