Matt Niskanen scored Pittsburgh’s only goal on Monday night, and the Penguins’ saw their franchise-best, 13-game home winning streak snapped in a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers (19-23-7).
Playing for only the second time in eight days, the Pens outshot the Panthers 36-28, but were stymied by Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen, who made 35 saves. Marc-Andre Fleury (27-11-1) took the loss.
Drew Shore scored twice for Florida, while Jonathan Huberdeau, Dmitry Kulikov and Shawn Matthias all added goals.
Pittsburgh (34-13-2) leads the New York Rangers by 13 points in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, and has a five-point advantage over Boston in the race for the number-one seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins will close a three-game homestand, taking on Montreal at 7:00 PM Wednesday night.
The next Pittsburgh Penguins broadcast on 96.3 KQW will come on Thursday night when Pittsburgh plays the Islanders in New York. Radio pregame airtime will be 7:00 PM.