Aftermath: Penguins 7, Blue Jackets 2
Martin, Power Play Lead Pens' Blowout
|The Penguins exploded for four first-period goals – with three scored on the power play – en route to their most lopsided victory of the season, a 7-2 decision over the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
Paul Martin and Sidney Crosby each tallied two goals a piece and 11 Penguins got on the scoresheet as Pittsburgh won for the ninth straight game. The Penguins are also unbeaten in their 12 contests (11-0-1).
The Penguins exposed goaltender Steve Mason’s five-hole, scoring three of four goals against the netminder through his legs. Mason was pulled after Pittsburgh’s four goal of the first period.
The Penguins haven’t lost in regulation since a 7-4 setback to Boston on Nov. 10. The 11-0-1 span has propelled the Penguins to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with an 18-8-2 mark for 38 points (tied with Washington).
On both goals Martin found a loose puck, skated deeper into the zone and had the puck sneak through the five-hole of netminder Steve Mason. His first goal of the night was a fluke play as his centering pass deflected off of a Blue Jacket and into the net. His second score, shot from the high slot, came from a nice read on the play.
Martin finished the night with two goals, three shots, four blocked shots and 20:11 minutes of ice time.
|Pittsburgh jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Columbus and appeared to be in total control. But it was the Penguins’ third goal that really sealed the win for the Penguins.
Paul Martin picked up a loose puck and beat goalie Steve Mason five-hole to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 7:05 left in the first period. That goal completely deflated the Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh was off and running in the lopsided tilt.
|(AP) - Sidney Crosby had two goals to extend his point streak to 15 games, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their ninth straight by routing the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 on Saturday night.
Even without top forward Evgeni Malkin, who was sidelined by a knee injury, the Penguins didn't miss a beat. Crosby has five goals in two games, following his hat trick against Atlanta on Thursday.
Paul Martin set the tone with two first-period goals, and Michael Rupp, Tyler Kennedy and Deryk Engelland also scored for the Penguins, who have points in 12 consecutive games (11-0-1). Pittsburgh also got two assists each from Kris Letang and Mark Letestu and won on the road for the sixth straight time.
|• The Penguins scored three power-play goals against Columbus. It’s the first time this season Pittsburgh has posted three man-advantage tallies. The last time the Penguins scored three power-play goals was when they notched four Jan. 19, 2010 vs. NY Islanders. Last year, Pittsburgh scored three or more man-advantage goals three times.
• Sidney Crosby extended his season-long scoring streak to 15 games with two goals at Columbus. During that 15-game stretch, which is the longest-current streak in the NHL and third-longest of his career, Crosby has posted 31 points (17G-14A).
• Crosby’s eight goals in the last four games tied for his best four-game goal-scoring span of his career. He also had eight tallies in four games from Nov. 28 to Dec. 7, 2009 (though he missed one game in the stretch to injury).
• The Penguins outshot the Blue Jackets, 16-2, in the first period.
• Forward Evgeni Malkin was a late scratch with an injury.
• Penguins fans, as they usually do when their team plays in Columbus, flooded Nationwide Arena. The fans stormed the arena and conquered it with their cheers and support for the Penguins. Things started early with a “Let’s Go Pens!” chant before the game even began. They were vocal the entire evening and had a lot to cheer about.
Author: Sam Kasan