NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Colorado|
(Sunday, April 6th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Colorado 2 (SO)
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jussi Jokinen netted the lone shootout goal
in the second round, as the shorthanded Pittsburgh Penguins picked up a 3-2
win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at Pepsi Center.
After the first three shooters came up empty in the shootout, Jokinen charged
down the right side, cut in front and waited patiently for Semyon Varlamov to
drop before roofing a wrister to put the Penguins on top.
Marc-Andre Fleury, who finished with 39 saves, then turned aside Colorado
captain Gabriel Landeskog to send Pittsburgh to its fourth win in six games.
Brandon Sutter supplied both regulation goals for the Penguins, who were
playing without captain Sidney Crosby, left wing Chris Kunitz and defensemen
Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik due to various injuries.
"We got to the rink tonight and then we found out about who was out of the
lineup," Sutter said. "I'll take the win any way we can."
Ryan O'Reilly and Patrick Bordeleau each potted a third-period goal for the
Avalanche, who moved within four points of St. Louis for the top spot in the
Central Division, despite having their six-game win streak halted.
The Blues, who lost to the Blackhawks Sunday, occupy first with 111 points,
while Chicago sits two points back of the Avalanche in third.
Varlamov made 30 saves in the setback.
Sutter scored twice in a 3:22 span early in the second to give Pittsburgh a
2-0 lead, but O'Reilly sliced the margin in half 18 seconds into the third
when he pounded one home from the low right side of a slick behind-the-net
feed from Jamie McGinn.
Bordeleau brought the Avs even with just under three minutes left in
regulation, tipping in a Tyson Barrie shot from the high slot at 16:47.
"We came out in the third and we really wanted to finish strong," Colorado's
Nathan MacKinnon said. "It's just good to get that extra point tonight. We
just gained one on St. Louis."
An entertaining overtime failed to produce a winner.
After a scoreless first frame, Sutter put Pittsburgh on the board 3:46 into
the second when he converted a 2-on-1 rush with a wicked wrister from the
With the Pens on the power play just over three minutes later, Sutter camped
out in the slot and re-directed a Jokinen pass into the back of the net for a
2-0 lead at 7:08.
Crosby missed his first game of the season with an upper-body injury ...
Pittsburgh closed out its road scheduled with a 23-15-3 record ... Colorado
wrapped up its home slate at 26-11-4 ... Colorado went 0-for-5 on the power
04/06 23:22:15 ET