NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Calgary|
(Saturday, January 11th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves and the
Pittsburgh Penguins took a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen scored for the Penguins, who went 2-0-1 in a
Western Canada road swing.
"It was nice to have a nice, low-scoring game," said Fleury. "The last few
games were a little crazy. We have a lot of guys who can score goals, but if
we want to be successful we have to do well defensively."
Calgary, meanwhile, is in the midst of a scoring slump that has seen the team
score just six goals in its last eight games, losing seven of those contests.
Mikael Backlund scored the lone goal of the game for the Flames, who got 24
saves from Reto Berra.
"I wasn't as good as the guy on the other side tonight," said Berra. "You
know, the guys in front made some blocks and I was able to make some saves,
but not enough."
The Penguins went on top at 16:34 of the first period as Kunitz's heavy wrist
shot from a sharp angle at the right side of the net found a hole for his 24th
of the season.
At 6:42 of the second, the Penguins took a 2-0 lead as Niskanen drifted over
from the right point and threw a shot on net that made it through traffic.
Calgary was awarded a five-minute major when Robert Bortuzzo was handed a
major for checking from behind, but Michael Cammalleri took a cross checking
call just over two minutes into the advantage.
The Flames, though, finally managed to break through as Backlund flew down the
left wing and left fly with a wrister that beat Fleury to the glove side at
That goal broke a home scoreless streak of 174 minutes, 59 seconds, but that
was all the Flames were able to manage as the team was unable to net the
equalizer before time expired.
Pittsburgh has off until Wednesday when it will host Washington ... Calgary
heads to Carolina for a game on Monday ... Pittsburgh has won seven straight
against Calgary, last losing a game on Dec. 3, 2005.
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