Joe Vitale tallied the first Goal of the night as the Pittsburgh Penguins proved to be too much for Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets.
The Penguins scored at the 13 minute mark in the first period. It was only Vitale’s 2nd goal of the season and it was scored off of a Alexandre Picard assist. The first period was an odd period for both teams. The Pens outshot the Jets 14-5 in that period though the Jets out chanced the Pens 13-5. Lots of opportunities for the Jets, just could not get enough shots off. They also hit the crossbar a couple of times.
Winnipeg scored midway through the second period on an Alex Burmistrov goal at the 9 minute mark of the period. That would end up being the only goal scored that period also. At the end of 2 periods, the Penguins were out shooting the Jets 26-9. Once the 3rd period started, the Penguins found another gear early and often. James Neal scored at the 22 second mark in the 3rd period, his 20th of the season. Jordan Staal added a Power Play goal 4 minutes later and then Pascal Dupuis followed that 40 seconds later with his 10th goal of the season.
Pavelec played well through the first couple of periods, but the defense continued to let him down and then the Dam broke open in the 3rd period. He finished the game stopping 35 of 39 shots, while Fleury had a bit of a yawner back there only facing 17 shots on goal, giving up only 1. It was a total team effort tonight, the defense played very well after the first period and they got contributions from their stars and their role players.
The Penguins are off till Tuesday when they face the Carolina Hurricanes at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.