PITTSBURGH 4 – MINNESOTA 1
The Pittsburgh Penguins (8-2-1, 17 pts) are on a roll, extending their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild (7-4-0) on Tuesday night.
Thomas Greiss earned his first win of the season, making 33 saves on 34 shots. Nick Spaling (2), Brandon Sutter (3), Chris Kunitz (8) and Patric Hornqvist (7, Empty Net) all scored in the win.
Evgeni Malkin extended his point streak to 11 games, setting Kunitz up for a power play goal at 15:33 of the second period. All the Penguins needed was 11 seconds to score their NHL leading 19th power play goal.
Pittsburgh went 1/3 on the power play and 4/4 on the penalty kill. The Penguins have not given up a power play goal since the third game of the season.
— A positive for the Penguins tonight was controlling the play in the first and second periods, getting secondary scoring with goals from Brandon Sutter, Nick Spaling in the win.
— In the third period the Penguins went away from getting pucks deep and played way too passive.
— Paul Martin played lock down defense and logged 27:14 of ice time. Martin had a team-high 5 blocked shots.
— Rob Scuderi, 2 assists, +2, and 3 blocked shots. His first points of the season. The Penguins coaching staff have been thrilled with Scuderi’s defensive play to start the year and he’s gaining more and more confidence from the staff. Scuderi has been on the ice for just 3 even strength goals against through 11 games.
— Nino Niederreiter’s shorthanded goal at 10:42 of the third period ended the Penguins’ shutout streak at 205:28. It also snapped a streak of 18 unanswered goals scored by Pittsburgh, the longest streak in the NHL since 2000-2001.
— During the Penguins five game winning streak, they have outscored their opponents, 23-4.