Kunitz, Maatta Star In Pens’ 5-2 Win Over Minnesota

December 20, 2013
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Chris Kunitz scored a pair of goals, and Ollie Maatta scored on a penalty shot as the Pittsburgh Penguins recorded their season-high sixth consecutive victory, and their 11th in their last 12 games, beating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Brandon Sutter and Matt Niskanen also scored for Pittsburgh (26-10-1), and rookie goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (6-2) won his sixth consecutive start.  Sidney Crosby tallied two assists, and raised his league-leading points total to 51.

Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley scored for Minnesota (20-12-5), who played without number-one goaltender Josh Harding – sidelined while doctors reassess his medication dosages for multiple sclerosis symptoms.  Niklas Backstrom took the loss.

The Penguins will return to action at 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon with a matchup against the Calgary Flames (13-16-6).  Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 12:30 PM.

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