Penguins top Kings 2-1 in OT
Thursday, 02.10.2011 / 9:55 PM
- NHL.com Correspondent
PITTSBURGH -- Jordan Staal
is being counted upon to pick up the Pittsburgh Penguins
' offense with Sidney Crosby
and Evgeni Malkin
out. This was a good start.
Staal, denied in the closing seconds of regulation, scored with 18.4 seconds left in overtime and the Penguins also got a goal from one of their minor-league callups to beat the Los Angeles Kings
2-1 on Thursday night.
Shortly after Penguins coach Dan Bylsma called a timeout with a weary crew on the ice, Kings defenseman Jack Johnson
turned the puck over the blue line to start a 2-on-1 rush the other way. Staal's wrist shot clipped goalie Jonathan Quick
's right jersey sleeve and flew into the net.
Staal's fourth goal and first in 10 games ended a goaltending duel between Quick and Marc-Andre Fleury
, each of whom made a series of excellent saves in the interconference matchup. Fleury made 32 saves and Quick 24. Los Angeles has five wins and two overtime losses in its last seven games.
On the day Malkin underwent surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments and Crosby said there's no timetable for his return from a concussion – he hopes only it's this season – Pittsburgh was understandably desperate for goals after scoring one in two games. Forwards Chris Kunitz
and Mark Letestu
also are out, and Matt Cooke
served the first game of his four-game suspension for his hit from behind against Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh, long known for offense, had two active players with as many as 10 goals. Pascal Dupuis
and Tyler Kennedy
have 10 each.
The Penguins are so depleted by injuries -- they're without the players who've scored 85 of their 163 goals – they dressed all four forwards who were recalled earlier in the day from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) -- and got their first goal from one of them.
, who shared a crowded van with those three teammates during the four-hour drive, wasted little time scoring Pittsburgh's first goal. Sterling jumped on Dustin Jeffrey
's strong pass from the corner and snapped a wrist shot while skating down the slot, beating Quick to the glove side just 6:53 into the game. It was his third NHL goal and first for Pittsburgh.
Jeffrey, also called up after the injuries began and playing his 13th game of the season, left in the second period with a lower body injury.
Shortly before Sterling scored, Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek
protected the side of the net to stop Justin Williams
' stuff-in attempt with Fleury at the opposite side of the crease.
The Kings, playing the fourth game of a 10-game road trip, tied it at 17:17 on Jarret Stoll
's 15th goal. Stoll settled down a deflected pass, steered it by Michalek in the left circle and beat Fleury between the pads.
Pittsburgh held Los Angeles to two shots during a scoreless second period.
Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi
played in Pittsburgh for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009. Scuderi was given a loud ovation following a video tribute early in the game.
Scuderi was best known in Pittsburgh for stretching across the crease to block two shots by Detroit's Johan Franzen in Game 6 of the 2009 finals. He made a similar save against Staal in the final seconds of regulation, sending the game to overtime. Los Angeles is 7-3 in overtime, Pittsburgh is 7-4.
Bylsma joined Eddie Johnston and Michel Therrien as the only Penguins coaches with 100 victories.
It was a great game, and a huge win for the Pens...who play tomorrow night in Long Island. Really sucks that Jefferey got knocked out of the game though. Forwards are just dropping like flies right now. Hope it's nothing serious and he's back soon...as he was centering the 2nd line.