Penguins Hold Off Flames, Win 5-3
CALGARY (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins held off a third period comeback attempt by the Calgary Flames Saturday night to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Five different players scored for the Penguins to fuel a 5-3 victory. However, what appeared to be an easy two points in the standings was anything but.
Pittsburgh held a 4-1 lead heading into the final period, but Calgary began to ramp up the pressure midway through the frame.
Alex Tanguay fired a slap pass to the back door, which went off of Rene Bourque’s stick and into the net to cut the lead to 4-2 at 9:08 of the period.
With under four minutes to play, Marc-Andre Fleury was unable to stop a puck behind the net. Niklas Hagman chipped the puck from behind the goal line to a waiting Olli Jokinen, who ripped a shot by Fleury to make it a one-goal game.
The Flames continued to apply the pressure, but Fleury and the defense stood tall. Jordan Staal sealed the win with an empty net goal with under five seconds to play in the game.
Tyler Kennedy, Matt Niskanen, Craig Adams and Evgeni Malkin scored in the second period to give the Penguins all the offense they would need.
For the second straight game, the Penguins scored two goals on the power play, while holding their opponent’s power play off the board.
The Penguins will complete their season-opening three-game road trip Sunday night in Edmonton at 9 p.m.