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Penguins extend home winning streak with triumph over Jets

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Niskanen scored the game-winner with 7:22 to play, as the Pittsburgh Penguins secured their club-record tying 12th straight home win with a 6-5 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center.

Evgeni Malkin, who had missed Pittsburgh's last nine games with a left leg injury, and James Neal each notched two goals and an assist, while Jussi Jokinen scored once and added a helper for the Penguins, who haven't lost at home since Nov. 13 against Philadelphia.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in the victory, Pittsburgh's fourth in its last five games overall.

The triumph was Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma's 232nd career win, tying him with Eddie Johnson for the most victories in franchise history.

Evander Kane potted a pair of goals and added an assist, while Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba and Blake Wheeler each lit the lamp once for the Jets, who have dropped 13 straight games in the Steel City.

"Every time we come in here, it's the same," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said of the lengthy losing skid in Pittsburgh. "And they gave us five goals, so it's not like they were putting on a clinic."

Al Montoya allowed all six goals on 39 shots in defeat.

Kane scored twice in the final 2:29 of the second stanza to send Winnipeg into the third with a 5-4 lead, but Pittsburgh potted the only two goals of the final frame to earn the victory.

A Dustin Byfuglien turnover set up the first marker, as the Winnipeg defenseman sent a clearing attempt up the middle of his own zone that was picked off in the slot by Neal.

After gathering the puck, Neal fired a shot that Montoya turned aside, but Malkin buried the rebound from the low right side to tie the tilt at 8:29.

"I wanted Nealsy (Neal) to pass to me, but he never passes to me," Malkin joked. "He was shooting, I was in front of the net and put the rebound in."

Niskanen put the Penguins on top for good at 12:38 when his blast from the right point snuck under the pads of Montoya to make it 6-5.

Early on, Trouba and Scheifele each found the back of the net in the first period to put the Jets on top, but Pittsburgh potted three goals, including two from Neal, in the first five minutes of the second to grab the lead.

Malkin started the flurry at 1:06 with a wicked wrister from the right circle following a Winnipeg turnover before Neal netted a power-play marker at 4:25 to tie the game.

Just 34 seconds later, Neal threw a shot on net from the left midboards that deflected off defenseman Zach Bogosian's stick and snuck past Montoya to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

Wheeler, who was whistled for the penalty that set up Neal's first goal, made up for the infraction at 6:02 when he picked up a loose puck in the right circle and ripped a shot past Fleury's blocker to make it 3-3.

Jokinen answered with his 12th of the season at 11:38 to put the Penguins back on top, but Kane countered with game's next two goals to send Winnipeg into the third with a one-goal lead.

Kane converted a breakaway off a Brooks Orpik turnover at 17:31 before burying a rebound from the low left side for a 5-4 lead with 17.8 seconds left in the middle stanza.

Game Notes

The Winnipeg franchise, which prior to the 2011-12 season was known as the Atlanta Thrashers, hasn't won in Pittsburgh since a 4-2 win by the Thrashers on Dec. 27, 2006 ... Pittsburgh's 12th straight home win matched the mark set by the club from Feb. 22-March 30 of last season ... Pittsburgh improved to 19-3-0 at home this season ... Pittsburgh's Kris Letang (elbow) returned from a 10-game absence and picked up an assist ... Penguins captain Sidney Crosby notched an assist, but was unsuccessful on a penalty shot in the second period, moving him to 0-for-4 on penalty shots for his career ... Winnipeg went 0-for-3 on the power play.

01/05 16:57:12 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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