Jussi Jokinen scored the night’s only shootout goal, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 road victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night, picking up the team’s 50th win of the year and completing a 2-1 road trip.
On a night in which Pittsburgh sat Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and a host of others due to assorted injuries, the remaining available players managed to end a six-game Colorado winning streak. Marc-Andre Fleury (38-18-4) stopped 39 of 41 shots to earn the win.
After Pittsburgh (50-24-5) took a 2-0 lead on a pair of Brandon Sutter goals in the second period, the Avalanche (50-21-7) tied the game on third-period scores by Ryan O’Reilley and Patrick Bordeleau. The Penguins then survived an overtime period which ended with Colorado on a power play.
The Pens had dropped a 4-0 decision on Saturday night in Minnesota in a contest in which their opponent scored three times in the game’s first fifteen minutes. Rookie goaltender Jeff Zatkoff took the loss.
Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Division champions and the #2 seed in the NHL Eastern Conference, will play their final three regular season games at home, beginning Wednesday night at 8:00 PM with a matchup against their possible first-round playoff opponent, the Detroit Red Wings. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:30 PM.