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Free Press Three Stars

  • One star: Evander Kane, Wpg: Working so well with Blake Wheeler and Olli Jokinen now. Finished with a goal and an assist while showcasing his speed and his physical play.
  • Two stars: Andrew Ladd, Wpg: Character game from el capitano. Goal, assist and three hits in just over 17 minutes of work.
  • Three stars: Sidney Crosby, Pitts: He was absolutely electric in the first period, scoring two goals. Had his moments in the final 40 and was scary every time the puck was on his stick.

 

SUMMARY

First Period

1. Pittsburgh, Crosby 2 (Kunitz, Letang) 4:26

2. Pittsburgh, Crosby 3 (Niskanen) 14:58

Penalties -- None.

Second Period

3. Winnipeg, Kane 2 (Wheeler, Byfuglien) 1:10

4. Winnipeg, Byguglien 2 (Enstrom, Ladd) 13:35 (pp)

5. Winnipeg, Ladd 2 (Little) 17:54

Penalties -- Jokinen Wpg (holding) 10:51, Malkin Pgh (holding) 12:01.

Third Period

6. Winnipeg, Wheeler 2 (Kane) 18:55 (en)

Penalty -- Engelland Pgh (high-sticking) 8:45.

Shots on goal by

Pittsburgh 14 12 8--34

Winnipeg 12 13 7--32

Goal -- Pittsburgh: Vokoun (L,1-1-0); Winnipeg: Pavelec (W,2-1-1).

Power plays (goals-chances) -- Pittsburgh: 0-1; Winnipeg: 1-2.

Referees -- Brad Meier, Ian Walsh. Linesmen -- Jay Sharrers, Brad Lazarowich.

Attendance -- 15,004 (15,004).

 

TRENDING UP:

Dustin Byfuglien picked up two more points on the night and his partner Toby Enstrom added another assist. The Jets' No. 1 defensive pairing now has eight points in the last two games (Byfuglien 1G, 3A; Enstrom 0G, 4A).

 

TRENDING UP 2:

Ondrej Pavelec kicked out 32 of 34 shots -- a .943 save percentage -- for his second straight win. Playing like a big-time puckstopper right now.

 

-- Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 26, 2013 C3

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