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Penguins push win streak to 13 games

Mar 26, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

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While the Pittsburgh Penguins await word on Marc-Andre Fleury‘s status, they at least have the bright side of their 13th consecutive win to look on.

They did it the Montreal Canadiens’ way, beating one of the East’s biggest contenders 1-0 on Tuesday.

Fleury and his backup Tomas Vokoun combined for the shutout. “The Flower” collected 25 saves in the first two periods while Vokoun added 12 more in the third.

Sidney Crosby scored the lone goal, with Chris Kunitz and Brooks Orpik  earning the assists.

Brenden Morrow logged less than 13 minutes and managed a hit (and not much else) in his Penguins debut while Kris Letang logged 24:20 of ice time in his return from a lower-body injury.

Pittsburgh’s 52 standings points leaves them atop the NHL, although the Chicago Blackhawks can change that tonight against the Calgary Flames (they’re currently parked at No. 1 in the West with 51 points).

  1. killerpgh - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Only giving up 9 goals in the last 9 games. The Pens are playing some great hockey right now.

    • mordock57 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      Pretty sure it’s actually now 9 goals in the last 11 games, in fact. Phenomenal focus on defense.

  2. ironcity6pak - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Playing some great hockey but MAF injury could be a costly one. Marrow played 13 minutes, rly? Hope he’s not a bust.

    • crosberries - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      We won’t be able to tell anything on the morrow trade till Malkin comes back. He’s supposed to go to the net while Malkin and Neal fire away. Need malkins puck possession for that line.

    • mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      He’s just getting his feet wet. Give him a few games with Geno and Neal.

    • bgrillz - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      He’s had one practice with the team, and this system is not easy to just walk in and pick up. Pump the brakes on that bust talk.

  3. JoeAvg - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Another outstanding finish after starting flat. This team is becoming real impressive. Waiting to hear a good word on Flower tomorrow.

  4. djamesbart - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Is there a less intimidating team in the league than Montreal?
    It’s essentially a pee wee roster.

    • 19to77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      Everyone below them in the standings… so like, 25, 26 less intimidating teams right now?

  5. mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    D has been tough, Goaltending better. Clutch goals. Letang is back, Malkin is on the way. Acquiring depth for the playoff run. Close hard fought playoff type wins against the class of the conference ( 2 against Boston, 2 against Montreal). This is awesome to watch. If you love hockey, enjoy this!

  6. ironman721 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Injuries kill….

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    I cant wait to see all of these armchair quarterback haters from other teams start ragging on the Pens in this article. Im pretty sure people will say “Oh well aren’t the Penguins a dirty team?” and of course they’ll say Crosby and the Pens suck, meanwhile the Penguins have 13 straight wins baby!! Don’t hate on a team just because their rolling right now and playing almost perfect hockey right now. Im very impressed to see this team go from being an offensive powerhouse into a defensive team that’s allowed 9 goals in 9 games. Yes the Pens will lose 2 or 3 games possibly back to back but its called you ride the wave that your on now. Fleury played unbelievable tonight, hes one of the reasons why the Pens were able to stay in this game early after coming out of the gates looking sloppy. I hope Eaton keeps his great play up throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs. At first I wasn’t huge on the signing but since hes been inserted into the line up hes been one of the best Penguin players on this team during the streak.

    I still firmly believe that Shero has another move left up his sleeve, it could be for Iginla or it could be for someone who we don’t know about. Personally if you go for Iggy you put him on a line with Malkin and have the lines look like this: 9-87-14, 12-71-18, 10-16-24, 19-46/15-27 and with defense it looks like 4-58, 7-44, 3-2 with Depres and Engelland as scratches. Yes I have us trading Kennedy but you gotta give up something and draft picks to get a player like Iggy. Shero would have to make a deal for Iggy that wouldn’t burn us too bad in the future in my view.

    My final point is that this team CANNOT and I repeat CANNOT be a repeat of 1992-93 like Phil Bourque said “You don’t want this to be the team that didn’t achieve its ultimate goal in winning the Stanley Cup like 92-93.” The 1992-93 and 1995-96 Penguins teams are two teams that underachieved greatly in the playoffs and we upset by team that didn’t deserve it to win but they got it done. Injuries burned both of those teams with Stevens getting hurt during game 7 I believe vs. the Isles in 1993 and with us losing Ron Francis to injury in the Semi-Finals before we played the Panthers in 1996. I do hope we win the cup because the fire and determination that Crosby has in his game and in his eyes tell you that he so dearly wants to win another cup badly…the past two goal celebrations hes had tells you that he wants it so badly in my view. Time will tell for the my Pens and until then LETS GO PENGUINS!!!!!!

  8. bobhpine - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Winning a low scoring game on a night where everybody was a little off against the second best team in the conference…yeah I’d say this team is pretty good. I liked the nastiness from Morrow. He was engaged all night. Good response to Gionta as well.

    Oh yeah…the 2012 MVP should return to the Pens shortly.

    Should be fun.

  9. hockeyfan1701 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Queue the Philly trolls in 3..2..1….

    • djamesbart - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Flyers essentially got eliminated tonight.

      http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL/Eastern/Atlantic/Philadelphia.html
      2.7% chance of Flyers in playoffs

  10. sjsharks66 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Everyone complaining about the Morrow trade obviously did not watch the game. The guy gets under your skin, draws penalties and makes smart plays.

    He did ALL THREE of those in this game. Such a great pick up for the pens.

  11. Stiller43 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Pitpenguinsrule,

    I believe your lines are pretty wrong…except for the first one.

    And despres will not be a scratch. Word is they love him, but they sent him down only because he didnt have to clear waivers. Expect him back up (and in the lineup) april 3rd.

  12. 19to77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Went from a 7-6 win last time to a 1-0 win tonight. The Pens’ D and goaltending have absolutely transformed in the last month. I don’t know what changed, but they dialed it in and now they’re one of the best defensive teams in the League on top of all that ridiculous firepower. No wonder they can’t seem to lose.

  13. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Boring game! The 7-6 battle they at bell centre weeks ago was much more exciting. Time to reduce the size of goalie equipment, but if the goalie union is against that then they can increase the size of the nets.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      ryder hitting the post twice had nothing to do with the goalie pads but wouldve scored with bigger nets, the lucky bounces went to pens last night

  14. pensfan72 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Anyone else happy that the Pens current win streak is equal to the total wins Flyers have all year? Gotta love it. LETS GO PENS!!!!

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