On the power of two goals and three points, forward Pascal Dupuis
lifted the Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at CONSOL Energy Center Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh has now won seven in a row and is 19-4-1 in its last 24 games. The Penguins also improved to 7-16-2 when trailing after two periods.
It was a breakthrough game for Dupuis, who had generated a lot of scoring chances lately, but couldn’t get his name on the scoresheet.
“I had a lot of opportunities there in Colorado and again last game here at home,” he said. “It feels good to win again and to help the team win. When they go in it’s always a big plus.” More on Dupuis here.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
Center Jordan Staal
continued his impressive offensive run with a goal and assist against the Maple Leafs.
Staal’s assist extended his career-high assist streak to six games. Meanwhile, he tied his career-best scoring streak with points in six consecutive games (3G-6A) – previously achieved April 1-11, 2009.
“I really wanted one,” Staal said about keeping his streak alive. “Just working hard and shooting pucks and hopefully I can get one.”
Staal now has points in 10 of 12 games since returning from a knee injury Feb. 11. In those 12 games, he has seven goals and 15 points. Staal also has 12 points (7G-5A) in his last 11 home games.
Goaltender Brad Thiessen
started in his second career game against Toronto. He made 22 saves to record his second victory in as many tries.
Thiessen was particularly impressive late in the third period with the Leafs coming hard in an attempt to tie the game.
“I thought his second and third (periods) were really strong,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “In the third he had to make a couple of big saves. On the penalty kill, he had to make a couple going east-west.
“It was great to see him make a couple big saves, look really solid and get the win.”
Thiessen’s best save came during a Leafs’ power play. He was way atop his crease when a cross-ice pass went to the dangerous Phil Kessel. The Leafs winger cranked a one-timer on goal, but Thiessen came sliding over to get his pad on the puck.
After the save a melee and good fortune ensued. Tyler Bozak had a wide-open net off the rebound, but his shot went off the skate of falling Leaf Tim Connolly to avert the crisis.
“I came out and challenged (the shooter) and he made a nice pass over (to Kessel) so I was kind of scrambling,” Thiessen said. “Luckily I got over and I don’t know what happened on the backside, but I know we got a lucky bounce.”
Author: Sam Kasan