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Endgame: Penguins 6, Avalanche 3

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

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Everything you need to know about the Pens' 6-3 victory over Colorado:
Pens winger James Neal continues his assault on NHL goaltenders everywhere.

Neal scored his team-leading 12th goal on a power play and added two assists for a three-point night as Pittsburgh turned a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 victory over Colorado at CONSOL Energy Center Tuesday night.

Neal now has a seven-game scoring streak, tying his second-best career stretch, totaling 11 points (4G-7A). He leads the Pens with 20 points (12G-8A) on the season and has tallied at least one point in 15 of the team’s 18 games.

Pens center Jordan Staal has been an absolute force for the team over the past seven games.

Staal, who tallied two goals Saturday in Carolina, scored Pittsburgh’s first goal against Colorado with a nice shot from the side of the cage for his ninth of the season. He added an assist for a two-point night.

“On his goal he is in the offensive zone holding onto the puck,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “He steps off the wall, goes to the net, (Tyler Kennedy) makes a play with it. The shot is a good shot, but it’s offensive zone play where he beats his check and goes to the net. He finishes it off with a great goal.”

Staal now has six goals and eight points in his last seven games.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik had gone 62 games without a goal entering the game – dating back to Nov. 10, 2010 vs. Boston. He picked a great time to snap that stretch, scoring 1:12 in the third period to tie the game at 3-3.

“To come out right away early on and get a goal to tie it up you had the feeling that we turned the game,” Bylsma said. “Brooks got the goal off a skate and it rainbows into the net and ties it up. That’s a big draw even goal for team and we went to work from there.”

“Congrats to Brooks, he scored his first goal and I hope it’s not his last one,” Evgeni Malkin said.

The Pens entered the contest with Colorado having already amassed 73 man-games lost due to injury. But they finally got some good news when the puck dropped.

Forwards Steve Sullivan (lower-body) and Tyler Kennedy (concussion) both returned to the lineup. Sullivan missed the final period of Pittsburgh Saturday's contest in Carolina, while Kennedy has missed the last 10 games.

“It felt pretty good,” Kennedy said. “It took me a little bit to get the pace. You want to go out there and get a hit in, make the right, simple play. I got better as the game went on.”

Kennedy and Sullivan posted one assist each. Sullivan finished the contest with two shots, a plus-1 and 17:08 minutes of ice time. Kennedy had three shots, a plus-1 and 15:07 minutes.

Author: Sam Kasan
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