banner

NHL

more stats

2
Final 123Score
Minnesota0112
Pittsburgh1315
Preview | Matchup | Log | Wrap | Box
5


NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Pittsburgh



(Thursday, December 19th)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 2

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Olli Maatta scored a key short-handed goal on a penalty shot and collected one assist, helping the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins post a 5-2 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild.

Chris Kunitz had two goals for the Penguins, who notched their season-high sixth consecutive win and ninth in a row at CONSOL Energy Center, the NHL's longest home winning streak this season.

Jeff Zatkoff made 24 saves in his sixth straight win.

Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley scored for Minnesota, which played its first game since placing starting goaltender Josh Harding on injured reserve. Harding will miss some time in order to make an adjustment to his medication for multiple sclerosis.

Niklas Backstrom surrendered five goals on 36 shots.

"I think my last game was pretty good and today I could have been better," Backstrom said. "If you play a good game or bad game, you want to be better next time. You try to learn from every game."

Maatta watched from the penalty box as Minnesota, down 4-2 in the third period, went to work on a prolonged two-man advantage. There was a handful of chances, but the Wild failed to produce on the 5-on-3.

After exiting the box, the 19-year-old Pittsburgh defenseman was hooked by Jonas Brodin on a breakaway. Maatta came in wide from the right side and snapped a wrister that trickled across the goal line at the 7:54 mark.

"I've tried that move in practice a few times. It's the only move I have," Maatta said. "I thought (Backstrom) got it at first. Then I saw it go in so I was pretty excited."

Kunitz scored 49 seconds into the contest, then the Penguins pumped home three more goals in the second period.

Backstrom couldn't handle Maatta's shot, triggering a scramble around the crease that saw Kunitz poke the puck in.

Pittsburgh went up 2-0 at 1:54 of the second, with a shot by Maatta again factoring in the tally. His bid from the left point didn't reach the net, but Brandon Sutter jumped on the loose puck and beat Backstrom from the faceoff circle.

Matt Niskanen's one-timer from the point on a power play rang off the crossbar near the top left corner and dropped into the net to make it 3-0 at 3:33.

The Penguins led 4-0 when Kunitz beat his man to the front of the net and elevated a sublime, no-look pass by Sidney Crosby from the left corner over Backstrom at 10:43.

Pominville directed a Nino Niederreiter feed as he went down the slot over Zatkoff's glove 37 seconds later.

Heatley jammed in a rebound at the right post at 3:13 of the third.

Game Notes

Crosby ran his point streak to a season-best nine games. The Pittsburgh captain has six goals and nine assists over that span ... Penguins forward James Neal returned to the lineup after serving a five-game suspension for kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand on Dec. 7 ... The Wild had won six straight in Pittsburgh after losing their first-ever trip to the Steel City in February of 2001.

12/19 23:41:40 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Fialko: Sled hockey in Triangle showing growth
Triangle sled hockey growing with bigger goals ahead

The recent growth of the Triangle Special Hockey Association has spawned new tournaments, like next week's first-ever Southeast District Little Brown Jug Battle.

Related Stories
  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Rochester

    Tonight at 5:00 on METV 50.2

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at Jacksonville

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAA LAX: Maryland vs. Denver

    Today at 12:45 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Kansas City at Detroit

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Detroit at Oakland

    Today at 4:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NBA: Golden State at Houston

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 13
SWB 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
ROC
DUR
 
Final
SEA 2
TOR 8
Final
HOU 10
DET 8
Final
BAL 2
MIA 5
Final
CIN 2
CLE 5
Final
OAK 7
TAM 2
Final
ANA 1
BOS 6
Final
MIL 1
ATL 2
Final
NYM 1
PIT 9
Final
PHI 1
WAS 4
Final
MIN 8
CWS 1
Final
STL 6
KAN 1
Final
CHC 3
ARI 4
Final
SDP 11
LOS 3
Final
SFG 2
COL 11
Final
TEX 5
NYY 2
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
COL
CIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
2:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
2:10pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
2:20pm Today
WAS
CHC
 
4:05pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:10pm Today
TEX
CLE
 
4:15pm Today
ARI
STL
 
7:05pm Tonight
MIA
PIT
 
7:07pm Tonight
CWS
TOR
 
7:10pm Tonight
SEA
TAM
 
8:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
9:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
Final
ATL 111
CLE 114
9:00pm Tonight
GSW
HOU
 
Final
TAM 2
NYR 0
9:00pm Tonight
CHI
ANA
 
Final
DUR 13
SWB 10
 
5:05pm Tonight
ROC
DUR