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NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Pittsburgh



(Monday, November 18th)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Anaheim 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - After struggling to find the back of the net in recent games, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally broke out in a big way.

Brian Gibbons, Brandon Sutter and Sidney Crosby each scored third-period goals to back 27 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury as Pittsburgh dealt the skidding Anaheim Ducks a 3-1 loss at CONSOL Energy Center.

Gibbons, making his NHL debut after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Monday, added an assist on Sutter's marker that came just 62 seconds after the rookie snapped a scoreless tie. Evgeni Malkin delivered a pair of helpers for the Penguins, who had registered only eight goals in dropping four of their last five coming in.

"I think I am just taking it all in right now," Gibbons said. "I don't usually show a lot of emotion, but on the inside I am really happy."

Ryan Getzlaf accounted for the lone Anaheim goal as the Ducks completed a rough East Coast four-game swing with an 0-3-1 record. Viktor Fasth stopped 24 shots in a losing cause.

"When you don't have four lines contributing scoring, it's tough to win," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau.

After battling through a scoreless first two periods, the teams erupted for a combined three goals over a span of less than 1 1/2 minutes early in the third.

Malkin set up the first by skating through the Anaheim zone before sending a crisp centering pass that Gibbons backhanded home to break the stalemate 3:52 into the final frame.

"I didn't know it went in right away," Gibbons remarked. "I was kind of blocked off by their defenseman. I saw Geno [Malkin] get excited, so that's when I knew it went in."

Sutter quickly made it a 2-0 lead, winning the puck behind the Ducks' net and sending it to Olli Maatta for a long wrister that the Pittsburgh center redirected past Fasth.

Anaheim had a near-instant response, however. A mere 26 seconds after Sutter's score, ex-Penguin Ben Lovejoy found Getzlaf in front of the net and the Ducks captain beat Fleury one-on-one to pull his team closer.

The Ducks had a chance to draw even after earning a power play not long after the goal, but Pittsburgh successfully killed the penalty off.

Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano later missed an open net from in close, and Crosby made him pay just seconds afterward by firing a shot from the right circle that got through traffic with 12:04 left to play.

A holding penalty on Dustin Penner with 1:42 remaining all but sealed the Ducks' fate.

Anaheim started out the contest strong, ripping off 12 shots before the Penguins recorded their first of the game with two minutes left in the opening period. Fleury kept his team in it, however, with a sharp performance between the pipes.

Fasth was the busier keeper during the second period, coming up with 12 saves in the middle session to maintain the scoreless deadlock into the third.

Game Notes

Crosby's goal was only his second in the last 11 games. The Penguins are 13-3-0 when he notches at least one point this season and 0-5-0 when he has been held scoreless ... Fleury has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 11 home starts in 2013-14 ... Pittsburgh has now killed off 21-of-22 shorthanded situations over its last nine outings ... Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey, out since Oct. 5 with an upper-body injury, returned to action following a 20-game absence ... Pittsburgh's Jussi Jokinen skated in his 600th career NHL game.

11/19 02:10:36 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
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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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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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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