Sometimes going streaking is ugly.
Certainly wasn’t the best game they’ve played but the Penguins extended their win streak to seven games and still haven’t lost to the Flames since 2005. As a bonus to that, no one got seriously hurt. Matt Niskanen and Olli Maatta both had times where they left the ice and went to the locker room but both returned.
Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to ten games and scored an absolutely stupid goal to go with it. Then point streak is his second point streak of ten games this season. His goal came in a 4-on-4 situation where he flipped a puck past T.J. Brodie and fired a slap shot behind Karri Ramo. That goal made it 3-1 in favor of the Pens.
James Neal scored on a deflection of a shot by Matt Niskanen to make it 4-1 with just over a minute left in the second period. However, momentum shifted quickly after Niskanen made a poor defensive play 19 seconds later and Michael Cammalleri scored to cut the deficit back to two.
Jiri Hudler added another goal one minute into the third period to make things even more interesting. The Flames came literally an inch away from tying the game when Joe Colborne hit the post with 6:25 remaining in the game. After that, despite pressure being put on them, the Penguins held on for dear life for the win. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves on 30 shots in his 21st win of the season.
Pascal Dupuis scored the first goal of the game for the Pens. He’s been heating up lately. If it weren’t for a disallowed goal on Thursday, it would have been his third straight game with a tally. Harry Zolnierczyk also scored on a deflection. It was his first goal as a Pen and my tweet that followed it ended up on the Consol Energy Center jumbotron from what I’ve been told. I’m famous now. Paul Byron was the other goal scorer for the Flames.
The Pens next play on Monday when they take on the Ottawa Senators.