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Penguins 6 Jets 5, Jan. 5, 2014

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin can't get to a rebound in front of Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya during the first period.

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin can't get to a rebound in front of Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya during the first period.

Free Press ★★★

★ Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh.

Oh, the gifts he brings, including vision, reach and a shot. Turned it into three points on Sunday.

★★ James Neal. Pittsburgh. Even his bad shots go in against the Jets. Had two goals and three points, has 14 goals in 16 games.

★★★ Evander Kane, Jets. A very productive day; 2 goals and gave the Penguins plenty to worry about.

 

SUMMARY

FIRST PERIOD
1. Winnipeg, Trouba 4 (Jokinen, Pardy) 1:47.
2. Winnipeg, Scheifele 7 (Kane, Bogosian) 19:56.
Penalties -- Pardy Wpg (tripping) 6:17, Adams Pgh (unsportsmanlike conduct) 9:14, Byfuglien Wpg (interference) 12:41, Niskanen Pgh (interference) 14:17, Engelland Pgh (roughing) 16:52, Byfuglien Wpg (roughing) 16:52.

Second Period
3. Pittsburgh, Malkin 10 (Jokinen) 1:06.
4. Pittsburgh, Neal 15 (Letang, Crosby) 4:25 (pp).
5. Pittsburgh, Neal 16 (unassisted) 4:59.
6. Winnipeg, Wheeler 16 (Little) 6:02.
7. Pittsburgh, Jokinen 12 (Malkin, Orpik) 11:38.
8. Winnipeg, Kane 13 (unassisted) 17:31.
9. Winnipeg, Kane 14 (Scheifele, Frolik) 19:42.
Penalties -- Wheeler Wpg (slashing) 4:12, Malkin Pgh (hooking) 14:06.

THIRD PERIOD
10. Pittsburgh, Malkin 11 (Neal) 8:29.
11. Pittsburgh, Niskanen 5 (Maatta, Kunitz) 12:38.
Penalties -- None.

Shots on goal by
Winnipeg11 13 10--34
Pittsburgh11 11 17--39

Goal -- Winnipeg: Montoya (L, 8-4-1); Pittsburgh: Fleury (W, 24-10-1).

Power plays (goal-chances)Winnipeg: 0-3; Pittsburgh: 1-3.

Referees -- Eric Furlatt, Frederick L'Ecuyer.

Linesmen -- Scott Driscoll, Lonnie Cameron.

Attendance -- 18,652 at Pittsburgh.

 

TIES RECORD

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, though he didn't much care for the style Sunday, matched the most Pittsburgh franchise wins for a coach at 232. That equals Eddie Johnston's mark.

The win allowed the Pens to match their best-ever streak of 12 straight home wins, set last spring. The Penguins have outscored their opposition 49-27 during this march.

 

WILD NUMBERS

Sunday's contest produced some wild swings in the statistics.

Pittsburgh had great performances from James Neal and Evgeni Malkin, with three points each, and Jussi Jokinen had two points and was plus three. Pittsburgh also had a pair of minus-twos, Taylor Pyatt and Sidney Crosby.

The Jets had Zach Bogosian's plus-two game and three points from Evander Kane, but had a minus-two in Olli Jokinen and a minus-three for Dustin Byfuglien.

 

OFF MARK

The road trip dropped the Jets to 9-13-1 away from home and 0-4-1 in the second half of back-to-backs this season.

"We know it sucks," said rookie Mark Scheifele. "We could have easily won this game, the Ottawa game, but we fell short. We've said we had to be better over and over, but it's just a matter of actually wanting it."

 

-- Tim Campbell

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 6, 2014 C2

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