Despite being outshot 37-25 on Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 1-0 home win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Sidney Crosby scored the game’s only goal with 6:41 remaining in the second period. The 13th win, all in March, marks an all-time franchise high in victories in one month for the Pens.
Starting Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (18-5) stopped all 25 shots he faced before leaving the game following the second period after Montreal’s Brian Gionta knocked Pittsburgh’s Tyler Kennedy into him with 49 seconds left in the frame. The Penguins say Fleury sustained an upper body injury, and will be evaluated daily. Tomas Vokoun played in goal for the Pens in the final period and stopped 12-of-12 shots.
The victory extended Pittsburgh’s lead over both Boston and Montreal in the NHL’s Eastern Conference to seven points. The Pens (26-8) remain one point behind Chicago in the race for the league’s best point total. The Blackhawks blanked Calgary 2-0.
Pittsburgh will next host Winnipeg (18-14-2) at 7:00 PM on Thursday night. (Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM.) The Jets currently lead the NHL’s Southeast Division.