PENGUINS 8 JETS 5
at Consol Energy Center
The Jets made a very big mess out of a very good opportunity to win all three games in their week. In losing a 60-minute shootout — don’t tell the NHL that’s what it was lest they consider it — the Jets remained stuck on 58 points while those around them were gaining traction, in particular Southeast Division-leading Florida, which pulled ahead now by five points.
Odd-man rushes and pretty plays excited the Penguins and their fans, as Evgeni Malkin had five points (1g, 4a) and Chris Kunitz had four (1g, 3a). Winnipeg had two-point days from Tim Stapleton, back after nine games on the injured reserve list, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien but not of that was a match for the skilled Penguins.
Pick either of the not-so-great-Dustin Byfuglien moments in the second period. Byfuglien’s charge to the Penguins net left him caught mid-way through the period, creating the two-one-one goal for Kris Letang to make it 4-2. Or, late in the period, Byfuglien wasn’t able to change quickly with Ron Hainsey and his broken stick and Malkin exploited the pause to get into his breakaway position to score the 5-3 goal.
1- Evgeni Malkin, Pens. Five points, dynamic playmaking.
2- Chris Kunitz, Pens. Four points and oh, to bottle that chemistry with Malkin.
3- Kris Letang, Pens. Is back in form after a serious injury.
New York Islanders at Winnipeg Jets
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., MTS Centre (TSN Jets, TSN 1290).
— Tim Campbell
1. Winnipeg, Wellwood 11 (Enstrom, Byfuglien) 5:17
2. Winnipeg, Burmistrov 10 (Miettinen, Stapleton) 8:04
3. Pittsburgh, Jeffrey 3 (Staal, Letang) 12:11
4. Pittsburgh, Neal 29 (Malkin) 16:42
Penalty — Letang Pgh (holding stick) 17:54.
5. Pittsburgh, Kunitz 15 (Malkin, Fleury) 3:12 (pp)
6. Pittsburgh, Letang 6 (Malkin, Kunitz) 9:53
7. Winnipeg, Stapleton 8 (Wheeler) 14:19
8. Pittsburgh, Malkin 30 (Kunitz, Neal) 17:08
Penalties — Thorburn Wpg (roughing) 2:01, Enstrom Wpg (tripping) 11:33.
9. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 8 (Little, Wheeler) 4:35
10. Pittsburgh, Park 5 (Orpik, Adams) 4:54
11. Pittsburgh, Staal 16 (Dupuis, Cooke) 7:48
12. Winnipeg, Little 14 (Hainsey, Bogosian) 10:02
13. Pittsburgh, Letang 7 (Malkin, Kunitz) 17:16 (pp)
Penalty — Ladd Wpg (slashing) 16:57.
Shots on goal by
Winnipeg 10 4 11 — 25
Pittsburgh 14 15 10 — 39
Goal — Winnipeg: Pavelec (L,20-19-6); Pittsburgh: Fleury (W,29-13-3).
Power plays (goals-chances) — Winnipeg: 0-1; Pittsburgh: 2-3.
Referees — Eric Furlatt, Stephane Auger. Linesmen — Derek Amell, Mark Shewchyk.
Attendance — 18,602 (18,387).