The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their March winning streak to nine games with a pair of home victories over the weekend. Pittsburgh and Marc-Andre Fleury blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, and less than 24 hours later pulled out a 2-1 win over Boston.
The Penguins (22-8) hold a two-point lead over Montreal in the number-one seed in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, and are dominating New Jersey by 12 points in the Atlantic Division.
Fleury (15-5) set a team record with his 23rd career shutout, surpassing Tom Barasso, in the Saturday contest. He stopped all 23 shots he faced. Beau Bennett, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis scored for Pittsburgh. The Rangers fell to 13-12-2.
Sidney Crosby recorded his league-leading 48th point with his 13th goal of the season on Sunday. After Tyler Seguin tied the score for Boston (19-5-3), Pittsburgh’s Joe Vitale put his team ahead with his first goal of the year. Tomas Vokoun (7-3) stopped 31 of 32 shots for the win. The Pens picked up the victory despite being outshot 32-18 by the Bruins.
Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang did not return to the game after the first intermission following a collision with Boston’s Brad Marchand. The Pens said Monday that Letang sustained a lower body injury, but the team did not venture a guess on when he may return to action.
After allowing 3.0 goals per game through their first 25 contests, the Penguins have now surrendered just two total goals in three games, and only five in their last five.
Pittsburgh will try for their tenth consecutive victory in a 7:30 PM home game against Washington (12-15-1) on Tuesday. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.