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Pens Win 6th Straight, Earn Number-1 Seed In NHL Eastern Conference

April 22, 2013

Jussi Jokinen scored a goal and added two assists on Saturday afternoon, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to their sixth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Bruins in Boston.

With the win, the Penguins (34-10) clinched the number-1 seed in the NHL’s Eastern Conference for only the second time.  The Penguins have won 21 of their last 23 games.

The contest had been rescheduled from Friday night, because of Friday’s manhunt in Boston.  Due to the scheduling change, the Penguins’ Saturday night home game against Buffalo was pushed back to Tuesday night.

Jokinen tied the game at 1-1 with his tenth goal of the season at the 5:10 mark of the second period. and later assisted on scores by Jarome Iginla and Kris Letang.  Tomas Vokoun (12-4) earned the win in goal for Pittsburgh, stopping 38 of 40 shots.

For Boston (27-12-5 after a 3-0 win over Florida on Sunday), Brad Marchand scored a first-period goal, and Tyler Seguin found the net with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game.  Tuukka Rask (17-9-4) took the loss.

The Penguins will play at Ottawa (23-15-6) on Monday night before hosting the Sabres on Tuesday.  Broadcast pregame time both evenings on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.

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