PIT
51-24-7
CBJ
43-32-7

Penguins' Zatkoff shuts out Blue Jackets for 1st win

Craig Merz  - NHL.com Correspondent | Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 11:20 PM

COLUMBUS -- Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, they were not happy giving up 39 shots. So the Penguins clamped down Saturday, limiting Columbus to 19 and making it easier for Jeff Zatkoff to record his first NHL victory in a 3-0 win at Nationwide Arena.

"There wasn't a ton of work for him at times in the game, but he looked really comfortable, looked really confident," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said.

Zatkoff got all the support he needed from a goal in the first period by Deryk Engelland. Chris Kunitz extended his goal streak to four games early in the third, and Jussi Jokinen added an empty-net goal with 37 seconds left.

Zatkoff, in his third start as backup to Marc-Andre Fleury, helped the Penguins (11-4-0) complete a sweep of the home-and-home that began with a 4-2 win Friday. Zatkoff entered with an 0-2-0 record, 5.06 goals-against average and .818 save percentage.

"The guys played unreal tonight," Zatkoff said. "They didn't give up too much, and they started shooting more in the third but nothing too high-quality.

"When we got that second one I thought we did a great job of locking it down. They got bodies but they didn't get pucks. That's the biggest thing. Our guys were fronting shots all night. Our forwards blocked a ton of shots."

Ztakoff, 26, was chosen by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (No. 74) of the 2006 NHL Draft but never made it to the League before signing a free-agent contract with the Penguins on July 1, 2012. The Miami (Ohio) University product led the American Hockey League last season with a 1.93 GAA for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

"Anytime you play more, you're going to get more experience," he said. "You're going to get better with your reads and learn how the team plays in front of you."

Columbus (5-8-0) has lost three straight.

"We weren't as hungry as they were," Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said. "Until we grow up and mature as a team it's going to be tough. You've got to be a good professional. ... We simply weren't good enough."

It was a tense game until Kunitz provided some breathing room.

He has seven goals in the past 10 games but none was probably as fluky as the one he scored 47 seconds into the third period for the 2-0 lead. He raced into the right corner after the puck and centered it just before being crunched by Jack Johnson.

Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau arrived late to the pass and tried to prevent it from gliding across the goalmouth to an awaiting Sidney Crosby. Comeau instead got his stick on the puck and sent it into his own goal.

"Obviously, we needed to come out and get that break," Blue Jackets center Derek MacKenzie said. "We didn't."

Not that it would have mattered.

"You can't call it a difference-maker because we didn't even score a goal," Dubinsky said.

It was left to Zatkoff to preserve the win. He did starting with a big stop of Dalton Prout at 11:28. Prout took a pass off the back wall by Dubinsky and released a low drive Zatkoff squeezed between his pads.

Columbus coach Todd Richards wanted the Blue Jackets to not only drive more to the net than Friday but stay there and create traffic in front of Zatkoff. The mission was not accomplished against a stout defense that yielded few shots and fewer rebounds.

"We were much better being aggressive against their low cycle," Bylsma said. "They had speed and space last game and had zone time. We were much better in the defensive zone."

The Penguins' pressure was bothersome and forced the Blue Jackets into mistakes.

"We got off our game and started turning pucks over. They feed off that," Richards said.

The Penguins dominated play to hold a 22-10 shot advantage through two periods but had only the goal by Engelland against Curtis McElhinney.

McElhinney made his second start for struggling reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who was lifted in the second period Friday after allowing three goals on 13 shots.

Engelland took a pass in the right circle from Joe Vitale for a one-timer that went between McElhinney and the post for his second goal at 6:44.

The Penguins couldn't increase the lead because McElhinney stood his ground late in the second against Crosby. The League's leading scorer was stationed to the right of the goal when the puck bounced his way. He had McElhinney beat to the near post but the goaltender sprawled to stop the shot.

Crosby assisted on Jokinen's goal and has five assists during a four-game point streak and at least one point in 13 of 15 games.

McElhinney made 24 saves. For Richards it was a tale of two goalies,

"I'm disappointed we wasted a performance like [McElhinney's]," Richards said. "We didn't test their young goalie."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:46PIT Deryk Engelland (2) ASST: Joe Vitale (4), Dustin Jeffrey (1) 1 - 0 PIT
3rd Period
00:47PIT Chris Kunitz (8) ASST: Pascal Dupuis (9), Paul Martin (5) 2 - 0 PIT
19:22PIT EN - Jussi Jokinen (7) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (10), Sidney Crosby (15) 3 - 0 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Deryk Engelland
1st
Deryk Engelland
D
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 8:53
Jeff Zatkoff
2nd
Jeff Zatkoff
G
SA: 19TOI: 59:59
GA: 0EV: 12-12
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 3-3
Curtis McElhinney
3rd
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 26TOI: 58:16
GA: 2EV: 19-21
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .923SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
18:35CBJ James Wisniewski  Cross checking against  Evgeni Malkin
2nd Period
10:07PIT Jussi Jokinen  Too many men/ice - bench
12:44PIT Kris Letang  Roughing against  R.J. Umberger
12:44CBJ R.J. Umberger  Holding against  Kris Letang
15:31CBJ Jared Boll  Boarding against  Kris Letang
3rd Period
06:53CBJ Cam Atkinson  Tripping against  Jayson Megna
08:32PIT Olli Maatta  Tripping against  Artem Anisimov
shots by period
PeriodPITCBJ
1st103
2nd127
3rd59
Total2719
Team Stats
CategoryPITCBJ
Power Plays0/30/2
Hits2030
Faceoff Wins2823
Giveaways25
Takeaways112
Blocked Shots158
Penalty Minutes68
  • PITTSBURGH
  • COLUMBUS
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3O. MaattaD0001213:13
5D. EngellandD101208:53
7P. MartinD0113026:09
9P. DupuisR0115018:22
14C. KunitzL1014019:09
15T. GlassL0000011:15
16B. SutterC0000012:28
17D. JeffreyC0110010:22
27C. AdamsR0001012:44
36J. JokinenL1013015:27
41R. BortuzzoD0001012:46
44B. OrpikD0020024:36
46J. VitaleC011009:54
58K. LetangD0022223:23
59J. MegnaC0001013:04
71E. MalkinC0111020:50
87S. CrosbyC0123021:19
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
37J. Zatkoff19191.00059:59
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6N. NikitinD0003012:19
7J. JohnsonD00-31026:26
10M. GaborikR00-10017:52
13C. AtkinsonR0000218:04
14B. ComeauL00-21010:36
17B. DubinskyC00-11021:12
18R. UmbergerC0001218:24
19R. JohansenC00-12019:47
21J. WisniewskiD00-10223:02
24D. MacKenzieC000007:42
27R. MurrayD00-21021:16
39M. ChaputC000006:07
40J. BollR000026:38
42A. AnisimovC00-32016:10
47D. ProutD0003015:42
51F. TyutinD0001021:19
55M. LetestuC00-22015:41
71N. FolignoL0001015:27
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. McElhinney2426.92358:16