Penguins rack up 14th consecutive win with 4-0 victory over Jets
March 29, 2013 9:45 AM
The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin celebrates after scoring against the Jets in the first period.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins racked up their 14th win in a row as goaltender Tomas Vokoun shut out the Winnipeg Jets, 4-0, tonight at Consol Energy Center.
The team also tied a franchise record with their 11th home win in a row.
Vokoun made 20 saves to become the 26th goaltender in NHL history to reach 50 shutouts.
It was the Penguins' 12th home win in a row against the Winnipeg/Atlanta club.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead at 15:03 of the first period when Chris Kunitz redirected a slick backhand pass from Sidney Crosby past Winnipeg goaltender Al Montoya. It was Kunitz's team-leading 20th goal of the season.
The assist increased Crosby's league-leading point total to 55 and league-leading assist total to 40.
Evgeni Malkin, playing in his first game after missing nine because of a shoulder injury, gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead at 18:32 of the first period. A puck through the crease went off of his skate toward Montoya, who stopped it but gave up a rebound that hit Malkin's skate again and squirted into the net. The play was reviewed to see if Malkin intentionally kicked the puck in, but the goal stood.
Kunitz's pass across the slot set up Pascal Dupuis for a goal at 4:12 of the second period, giving the Penguins a 3-0 lead.
Dupuis got his second goal of the game, this one shorthanded, to push the Penguins' lead to 4-0 at 18:37 of the second period. He finished off a two-on-one with Tanner Glass against the Jets' Tobias Enstrom with a shot that went in off of Montoya. Vokoun got the only assist.
The Penguins' homestand continues Saturday with an afternoon game against the New York Islanders.