Pens Find Some Offense in Florida

Jordan Staal had 3 assists against the Panthers. (photo by Getty Images)

Thank you, Jordan Staal. And thank you, Zbynek Michalek. Staal had 3 assists and Michalek scored the game-winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a one-goal deficit to beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 and reach the once-sacred 100-point plateau.

Brent Johnson gave Marc-Andre Fleury a well-deserved rest in goal and stopped 28 shots, including a couple of huge saves after the Pens took a third-period lead. But it was Staal’s offensive effort that earned him the game’s #1 star. He set up Tyler Kennedy’s first-period goal (and 20th of the season) that gave the Pens an early 1-0 lead, and he set up Craig Adams empty-netter that sealed the game.

But it was his work along the boards and a sweet drop pass to Paul Martin that led to Michalek’s goal, a laser from the right point with 7:11 remaining. It was Michalek’s 4th goal of the season – and 4th in his past 12 games. The Pens have won all four of those games.

This was a big win for Pittsburgh, not only because it ended their two-game losing streak but because Tampa beat Minnesota earlier Saturday. The Pens maintained a 3-point lead on the Lightning for the 4 seed (home ice). Tampa has four games remaining; the Pens have three. Pittsburgh trails first-place Philadelphia by 2 points.

Want more from Pens Labyrinth?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

TEAMFeed More Penguins news from the Fansided Network

Hot on the Web From golf.com