Pittsburgh 4, Minnesota 2

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 4-2-1-1 1-1-1-0 3-1-0-1 W1
Minnesota 2-2-1-1 2-1-1-0 0-1-0-1 L2


James Neal scored his sixth goal and Jordan Staal added a power-play tally as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three-game slide with a 4-2 victory over the host Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Brent Johnson made 24 saves and Chris Kunitz scored for the Penguins, who were without forwards Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy.

After a scoreless first period, Kunitz put the Penguins on top with a slap shot past Niklas Backstrom 46 seconds into the second.

Pittsburgh took advantage of its lone power play later in the second when Staal’s wrister found the net.

The Penguins killed off all five penalties Tuesday and are 22 of 23 on the penalty kill this season.

Neal ended up with the game-winner early in the third and Pascal Dupuis put it away with 7:39 left when Matt Cooke stole the puck in the Pittsburgh zone and shoveled it forward. A streaking Dupuis took it up the ice and switched to the backhand to beat Backstrom for the short-handed tally.

Guillaume Latendresse would bring it back to a two-goal deficit less than a minute later.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Minnesota
Pascal Dupuis 2 Points Cal Clutterbuck 1
Pascal Dupuis 1 Goals Cal Clutterbuck 1
Matt Cooke 2 Assists Brett Bulmer 1
Jordan Staal 1 Power Play Goals N/A
Pascal Dupuis 1 Short Handed Goals Cal Clutterbuck 1
Brent Johnson .923 Save Percentage Niklas Backstrom .840
Brent Johnson 24 Saves Niklas Backstrom 21

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 25 4 1-2 5-5 10 36
Minnesota 26 2 0-5 1-2 4 29

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Edmonton. The Wild have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against Montreal. The Penguins have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .600 after a loss.
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