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Make it 11 straight wins at home for Penguins

Jan 3, 2014, 11:38 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins won on home ice again, making it 11 straight victories for them at the Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins jumped out to a 4-0 lead – one of those goals was a beauty backhander off the stick of star Sidney Crosby – over the visiting New York Rangers and then cruised to a 5-2 victory to continue their run of domination on home ice and in the Metropolitan Division.

The Penguins have reached 30 wins and are a whopping 15 points up on the second-place Washington Capitals in that division. Oh, but the Capitals have two games in hand. So, there’s that.

“We obviously got a big start there. That set the tone for the rest of the game,” Crosby told NHL.com.

“[Marc-Andre Fleury] was good. There were a lot of shots, but he found a way to keep the puck out of the net for the most part and we capitalized on the chances we got.”

And Chris Kunitz continued his run of strong play, which could land him on the Canada’s Olympic team roster, which will be announced on Jan. 7.

Kunitz, who has developed impeccable chemistry with Crosby, a lock for Canada’s team in Sochi, scored twice and added an assist. He has 23 goals on the season.

He helped set up Crosby on his goal, and Crosby set up Kunitz twice. It’s a small sample size, but furthers the point of why Hockey Canada’s Olympic management team might consider bringing Kunitz to Russia in February to play alongside Crosby.

  1. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    I could really careless about the regular season. If they don’t win the last game of the year and they don’t raise a cup this year. The 11 game home winning streak means nothing to me. I wish they could play like this in the Playoffs.

    • claudegirwho - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Thanks for the analysis debbie downer

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      thats stupid. I’m tired of pens fans saying that, completely disregarding the fact that other teams have to actually fight to make the playoffs and others still don’t have stanley cup as their standard.

      tired of people acting like this core group of players hasn’t been to two finals and 3 conference finals in that last handful of years.

      • mvshark - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        How did they do against the Bruins last year?

      • killerpgh - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Not good. So they only finished the year better than 26 other NHL teams.

      • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        not good, like killerpgh said. how’d the bruins do against chicago? only one team wins it all. everybody judges the Pens by wether or not they win a cup but apparently their team has a lesser standard, so thats a good thing i guess. apparently your team is judged on wether or not they beat the Penguins. also a good thing i suppose.

        so you basically made my point for me trying to be a douche. thanks.

  2. basedrum777 - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Team Canada will have plenty of big heads in Sochi. Taking someone like Kunitz would go a great deal towards rounding out the team. The issue really is would he be on the first line b/c you KNOW Crosby is on line 1. Maybe Kunitz, Neal and Crosby???

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      neals play should speak for itself. he was snake bitten tonight be he just put up 8 points in 2 games and is scoring at well over a point per game pace. in my eyes theres 3 guys that can score goals almost at will in this league. ovechkin, stamkos, and neal. he’s a proven 40 goal 80 point player at minimum and if he doesn’t make it, well thats silly.

      but if kunitz doesn’t make it because people still think he’s playing for the ducks in 2005, well thats a joke. this guy is one of the best players in the game right now and you have absolutely nothing to prove that statement wrong but i can give you plenty to prove it right.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Neal Crosby Kunitz should be the top line in Canada …but a worthless jackass in Rick Nash will probably make it over either one of them. Neal & Kunitz make less money but produce much more than Nash.

  4. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Its a great streak don’t get me wrong. The Penguins have such a big lead in the division it’s not even funny. The Penguins are going to make the Playoffs we all know that. The regular season games are kind of boring now, it’s kind of like exhibition games sort of. I’m just looking forward to the Playoffs.

    • hockey412 - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      We get it. Really. Shhhhh.

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      dude shuuuuut up. some of us actually watch hockey games, not scoreboards. and i will not ever bore from watching my team win.

  5. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Rick Nash does not deserve it and it will be a travesty if he gets in over James Neal. Nash has fallen off while James Neal is picking it up. Kunitz and Neal need to be in the olympics. If anyone says 61, needs to be in Sochi then they lose credibility in my book. Neal>Nash.

  6. crazemastercraze - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    None of the Rangers should be on any Olympic team. Just a bunch of guys showing face at games to collect enormous paychecks. They are terrible

  7. mvshark - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Cam Tucker I don’t remember you fawning all over yourself when the Bruins had themselves a 10 game home unbeaten streak a couple of weeks ago….Why don’t you say they are 5 points up on the Bruins, with Boston having 2 games in hand, there’s that…It is really sickening to listen to all of Penguin ‘beat’ writers. I wouldn’t even care if you talked about somebody in the west…just stop washing the puck out of these so called poster boys….

    • theageofquarrel - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      right so if the bruins played those remaining 2 games to even up and won both, they would still be losing the conference to the Pens.

      #math

  8. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    c9castine.
    I think Rossi said on the pregame show last night that the guys selecting team Canada are divided on Chris Kunitz. Rossi also said that the final spot could come down to Neal and Kunitz.

  9. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    c9castine.
    That’s great that they go deep in the Playoffs, but they haven’t won the cup since 2009. In sports your goal is to win a championship every year not get the semifinals and the Finals and lose. The Penguins are starting to look like the 1990’s Braves but in hockey.

    • claudegirwho - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Please just stop I can’t stand your comments anymore. Your the one thinking pyatt is a big edition to this team for the playoffs. You make these “bold” predictions everytime a new player comes or goes and you have no idea what you are talking about. Your right though that we won’t do anything in the playoffs if pyatt who will maybe play about 5 a game if not sitting upstairs was our big move for the playoffs. Seriously just become a bruins fan.

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      dude your out of control. is there anyway to ban this guy? you must be like, 8. because only to an 8 year would 5 years ago seem like such a long god damn time.

  10. bsfan77 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Pens need a goalie that isn’t going to melt down in the playoffs. It is to bad because the Flower is a great goalie in the regular season. Playoffs come and he starts letting in goals that bounce off the boards or he kicks them in himself. He wasn’t the only one to blame for the meltdown in the ECFs last year. I am a Boston fan and they should have rolled us last year with all of our injuries. Crosby and “Geno” were shut down by our defense and leading the charge was rookie Krug. If you top 2 fowards are getting repeatedly shut down then it is time to go to plan B. Crosby as the captain should have gotten his team going but couldnt. The whole team seemed frustrated with repeatedly getting shut down in the neutral zone. If stretch passes dont work the first 4 times you try then its time to regroup and try something new. The Pens only goals came from 3rd and 4th liners. I dont care if you go undefeated all season, go right ahead. Step up in the playoffs. New England knows it all to well as the Pats were the ultimate chokers a couple years back with a perfect season and a loss to a quarterback, Eli, that is nothing more than a flash in the pan at this point.

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      yeah thanks for writing a sensible comment. flower had a rough playoff last year definitely but his playoff record is far from something i would describe as a “playoff meltdown goalie”. great players have tough times to. Flower was responsible for losing the WJCs for Canada in 2004 basically put the puck in his own net. he went on to have a great NHL career and win a stanley cup. he also leads all active goaltenders in wins by a large margin since the 2009 season.

      tired of the Penguins being called like they are the Buffalo Bills of the late 80s. Like I said, this group of players has been to the show and won. In fact, they have more playoffs games played since 2007-2008 than Boston does, with each team having been to a conference final, been to the finals, and also been to the finals and won.

  11. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    claudegirwho.
    Hey well at least the Bruins win in the Playoffs and I wouldn’t have to worry about the “star players” melting down every year.

    • theageofquarrel - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Do you know how this comment thing works? Follow me if you can: There is this little button under a users comment that says “reply”,click on that,then you can comment to the poster instead of starting a whole new comment. I know this is tough for a guy who has the whole Pens organization figured out but can’t use a reply button. At least give it a try,you might like it.

  12. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    claudegirwho.
    The Penguins have to many holes on the team right now to beat the good teams in the league like the Bruins and Blackhawks. The only way they are going to get better is if they make multiple trades. They need to trade for a top 6 forward they also need to trade for 3rd line and 4th line type guys. They need to get bigger tougher forwards that can get into other peoples and stand in front of the net.

    • c9castine - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      yes the most offensive team in the league needs a top 6 forward BAD. quick shero, were dying for goals here!

      we got enough 3rd and 4th liners to fill another NHL team and we are 3rd in the league, 1st in conference.

  13. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I’m on the app on my IPhone and it doesn’t have a reply button. What do you think I waste my time in my basement on the computer? The answer is NO. I’m not like most of you guys.

  14. steelers88 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    The Penguins are a good team don’t get me wrong but they won’t beat Boston with the the current team they have. Hopefully some other team can knock the Bruins off before they can play the Penguins.

  15. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Wow Steelers88. I seriously can’t believe this guy. We are the best team in the East right now and your complaining? You are lucky you aren’t a Buffalo Sabres fan. Yes I am a little worried about the Boston Bruins and Marc-Andre Fleury, but we need to have faith that the Penguins superstars will pull us through the Playoffs. We just need to have faith and Let’s just enjoy the ride of the regular season and the Playoffs. LETS GO PENS!!!!

  16. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    This is a great streak that the Penguins have going on at home. Hopefully they can get it to 12 tomorrow afternoon. If the Pens get home ice I think they will go to the Finals.

  17. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. The Penguins don’t need a top 6 guy that badly. I try Beau Bennett on the top line and if that didn’t work out I would think about trading for a top 6 forward but I don’t know if I would do it. Marc-Andre Fleury kind of still scares me in the Playoffs but I think he can turn it around this year. I think the difference with Fleury this year is his mentally tough he doesn’t let the bad goals drag him down. I think Fleury will be fine.

  18. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Knowing Shero he will probably make a move. His more of gunslinger GM then anything so I would expect him to do something at the trade deadline.

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