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Penguins clinch Metropolitan Division with win over Jets

Apr 4, 2014, 12:18 AM EDT

Paul Martin, back in the lineup after missing 18 games with a hand injury, scored the winning goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they clinched the Metropolitan Division on Thursday.

The Penguins scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Winnipeg Jets by a final score of 4-2. Sidney Crosby, with a pair of assists, is up to a league-best 102 points on the season. Meanwhile, the Jets are now eliminated from playoff contention in the Western Conference.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Bennett looked great with Sid tonight. Can he keep it up? That’s the question. Solid win, Go Pens.

    • hockey412 - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      He should at least be given the chance to. No knock on Stempniak, either – he played well there. But Bennett is clearly more effective on the first line than on the third.

    • drunk4thliners - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      I agree to both points- Bennett looked good, and he deserves an opportunity to grow into that spot for the playoffs. Stempniak also played well on the third line and provides the depth that we need to advance into later rounds. Roll with the scorers on three lines and you should be good to go. Then again… Craig Adams surprises me at times with his contributions, even at 36 years old!

      Add Geno to the mix and the 2nd line should be ready to roll… Spring is in the air, cause it smells like playoff hockey!

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        Craig Adams may surprise because his positive contributions are so few and far between. His goal last night not withstanding he is just not a good hockey player anymore. Absolutely no skill, and he’s even a bit of a defensive liability 5 on 5. He’s a solid PK guy but that’s it. I would roll into the playoffs like this:

        Bennet – Crosby – Kunitz
        Jokinen – Malkin – Neal
        Stemp – Sutter – Gibbons
        Megna – Vitale/Goc – Engo (yes Engo – his possession numbers are better than Adams and Glass and also provides the sand)

      • hockey412 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        PLEASE don’t put Bennett on the left. Tried that last year with Iginla. Kunitz can play right or left.

        You got some thumbs down there but I agree with you. As much as I want to cheer on Adams/Glass/Pyatt, I do not. They’ve gotten a free ride because they aren’t counted on for much, but you need depth scoring in the playoffs, and even more, the fourth line has been HIDEOUS all year.

        Pyatt +/- (-22) (and -13 with the Pens)
        Glass +/- (-9)
        Adams +/- (-13)

        You can make the point to keep Glass on there, but that’s about it. Engo has been far better than anyone else has in that role…and Megna can provide more scoring….

        …Yes, I like those lines. You’d have to have Sutter, Gibbons, Goc, and who else kill penalties though.

      • killerpgh - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        I don’t see Adams not being in the lineup. I don’t think he has been a healthy scratch since Shero plucked him off of waivers right before Penguins won the Cup. He isn’t on the roster for his offense. He leads the team (not just forwards and ranks 4 among all forwards in the NHL) in average short handed ice time per game. With a one goal lead and the other team has pulled their goalie Adams is usually on the ice because of his positioning and ability to play the role and play it really well.

      • hockey412 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Yeah, I know…he’s trusted, and he’s earned a lot of that trust on the pk. I don’t know how I feel about giving up any hope of production from the fourth line because they don’t, or can’t, train someone to do what he does. It’s a very defensive power play (near the bottom of shg, which if fine), and when the Pens are able to score, ok, I see your point.

        But if they get swept by a defensive team like the Bruins again because they don’t have depth that can also be a threat to score, or at least shoot, I will officially disagree.

  2. govtminion - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    *sigh* I keep hoping the Jets are going to turn the corner and start becoming a legit team, and it seems like every year I’m reminded that the new jersey and new locale are covering up the same old Thrashers underneath.

  3. toiletclown - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    As legends do.

  4. cheesesteak75 - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Bennett and Martin are a welcome return! If this team gets in the right mind frame and get Geno and Letang back they could go far in the playoffs.

  5. killerpgh - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Disappointed in the Jets fans last night. I look forward to watching games in Winnipeg to here the fans chant things like “Crosby’s better” to Ovechkin or “Mario’s pool boy” to Crosby like they have in the past. I didn’t hear any of that last night.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Yeah I was kinda hoping for that too. Loved the cardboard cut out of Torts they held up behind the bench when Vancouver was in town. Priceless stuff.

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