Penguins rally past Chicago, 5-4, in shootout
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins didn't make it look easy last night.
Quite the opposite, really.
But despite failing to protect a multiple-goal lead for the third game in a row, they finally did find a way to defeat Chicago, 5-4, in a shootout at Mellon Arena to extend their current streak to 12-0-2.
Erik Christensen beat Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for the deciding goal; Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby was stopped.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins denied Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski.
Penguins rookie Jordan Staal was held without a goal for the first time in six games, while Crosby failed to get one for his eighth game in a row, the longest such slump of his pro career.
Although a standing-room crowd of 17,051 was announced, team officials estimated that about 15,400 fans actually attended the game.
Craig MacDonald gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 8:29 of the opening period, when he chipped a shot past Fleury from the right side of the crease.