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Penguins clip Ducks in shootout

Brandon Sutter puts the Penguins ahead for good with his goal in the sixth round of the shootout against the Ducks.
Brandon Sutter puts the Penguins ahead for good with his goal in the sixth round of the shootout against the Ducks.
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After the meltdown that took place in San Jose, the Pittsburgh Penguins held it together to take a big two points from Anaheim in a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday.

With Robert Bortuzzo out of the lineup with an upper body injury, Deryk Engelland was inserted on a pairing with Simon Despres. Brian Gibbons also missed the game with a lower body injury. In his case, Lee Stempniak replaced him on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

The Anaheim Ducks struck first about four minutes into the opening period when Corey Perry lit the lamp, jumping on a rebound left behind from a Ryan Getzlaf shot to give the Ducks the early 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, the Penguins responded when Deryk Engelland trolled the internet, sniping a wrist shot from between the circles past Jonas Hiller to tie the game at one. After the two game-opening scores, Tanner Glass and Patrick Maroon dropped the gloves for some reason. The period ended with the game tied at one, but the Ducks dominated in shots, 12-3.

With the second period not providing much in the goal or action categories, we move on to the third period. One minute into the period, the Ducks broke the 1-1 tie when Corey Perry reared his head once again. After retrieveing the puck from the corner, Perry centered it to Getslaf in front of the net. The Ducks captain didn’t hesitate in dropping the puck back to Perry who put it past Marc-Andre Fleury for his thirty-fourth goal of the season. Now trailing 2-1, the Penguins still refused to stay down. At 8:14, Kyle Palmieri took a tripping penalty against Simon Despres to put Pittsburgh on the power play. Having the top power play in the NHL, the Penguins didn’t waste their opportunity to tie game. At 8:59, Evgeni Malkin did just that by ripping the puck past Hiller from the high slot for his nineteenth goal of the year. Regulation ended with both teams tied at two, as did the overtime period.

The Penguins and Ducks went to a shootout that gave Pittsburgh a slight edge given their success in the tiebreaker. With the shootout going six rounds, the Penguins sent out James Neal, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Chris Kunitz, and Brandon Sutter as their shooters with Crosby, Kunitz, and Sutter scoring on their chances. The Ducks replied with Nick Bonino, Kyle Palmieri, Corey Perry, Jakob Silfverberg, Teemu Selanne, and Ryan Getzlaf with only Perry (shocker, right?) and Selanne scoring. Sutter’s goal put the Penguins ahead followed by Fleury stopping Getzlaf to give Pittsburgh the extra point and the 3-2 victory.

The Penguins wrap-up their road trip with a journey back east as they head to D.C. to take on the Washington Capitals on Monday night (7:00 pm/et; Root Sports, NHLN-US, CSN-DC).

Notes:

-Some questionable officiating in this one, ticky tacky call on Chris Kunitz to open the game, and embellishment call on Joe Vitale in the first period.

-Marc-Andre Fleury kept the Penguins in this game while being outshot, 31-17.

-Penguins are now 5-2 in the shootout.

-Corey Perry is a dangerous man.

Three stars:

1. ANA RW Corey Perry (2G)

2. ANA C Ryan Getzlaf (2A)

3. PIT C Evgeni Malkin (1G, 1A)