Pittsburgh 2, Calgary 1

Saturday, January 11, 2014 10:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 33-12-2-0 19-3-0-0 14-9-2-0 W1
Calgary 15-24-4-2 7-13-3-0 8-11-1-2 L3

Recap


Penguins 2, Flames 1: Defenseman Matt Niskanen scored the eventual winning goal in the second period and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 27 shots as visiting Pittsburgh defeated Calgary for the seventh straight time.

Chris Kunitz also tallied as the Penguins completed a 2-0-1 road trip and have won 18 of their last 22 overall (18-3-1).

Mikael Backlund scored with 8:31 remaining in the third period to prevent Calgary's third consecutive shutout loss and sixth in eight contests. Reto Berra finished with 24 saves for the Flames, who have dropped seven of eight overall while being outscored 17-2 during their six-game home losing streak.

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo kept the puck in at the blue line and fed a wide-open Kunitz, who wired a sharp-angle shot from the right faceoff circle under the crossbar with 3:26 remaining in the first period to open the scoring. Niskanen doubled the advantage 6:42 into the second as his wrist shot from the point beat a screened Berra.

Backlund snapped Calgary's scoring drought at 174:59 as he lifted the stick of Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang before wristing a shot from the left circle that sailed over the glove of Fleury.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and LW James Neal saw their respective seven- and four-game point streaks come to an end. Crosby recorded five goals and eight assists on his stretch while Neal scored three goals and set up as many during his run. ... Fleury improved to 5-1-0 in his career versus Calgary. ... Flames captain Mark Giordano was leveled by a check from behind from Bortuzzo, who received a five-minute major and a game misconduct in the third period. Giordano remained on the ice for several moments but was able to stay in the game. 

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Calgary
Chris Kunitz 1 Points Mikael Backlund 1
Chris Kunitz 1 Goals Mikael Backlund 1
Robert Bortuzzo 1 Assists T.J. Brodie 1
N/A Power Play Goals Mikael Backlund 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .964 Save Percentage Reto Berra .923
Marc-Andre Fleury 27 Saves Reto Berra 24

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 26 2 0-3 5-6 21 22
Calgary 28 1 1-6 3-3 13 23

Upcoming Games

  • Calgary will play its next game on the road against Carolina. The Flames have a W/L % of .200 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against Washington. The Penguins have a W/L % of .727 after a win and .643 after a loss.