The Pens just keep on winning.
After disposing of the Ottawa Senators 3-1 Monday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves streaking again.
Pushing their winning streak to seven games, they’ve done all this without a handful of their star players.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Beau Bennett and Marc-Andre Fleury were all absent from Monday’s lineup, and somehow Pittsburgh remained dominant.
Tomas Vokoun–what more can you say about the guy?
Stonewalling 34 of 35 Ottawa shots, Vokoun continued his strong play to win his 300th career victory. Â His record now reads 13-4-0 and he has a 2.45 goals against average with a .919 save percentage.
Before the season started the Pens had acquired Vokoun for only a 2012 seventh-round draft choice and then GM Ray Shero signed him to a two-year contract.
Just another example of how formidable Pittsburgh is off the ice, as it is on.
Vokoun’s efforts were great, but the team received contributions from everybody Monday night.
Forward Dustin Jeffrey put the Pens up 1-0, potting one past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson 6:15 into the 1st period.
Jeffrey, who hadn’t played since April 2nd also registered an assist on forward Jarome Iginla’s goal, which Iginla scored 4:13 minutes after.
Brenden Morrow continues to stay hot.
Assisting on both Jeffrey and Iginla’s goals, Morrow now has 10 points (5G, 5A) in his last six games.
And to put into perspective of how well he’s playing, he had only 11 points (6G, 5A) in 29 games with the Dallas Stars before he was traded to Pittsburgh.
As the season moves along, we’re seeing the newly-acquired Pens players (Iginla, Morrow, Douglas Murray, Jussi Jokinen) become more acclimated to the system–especially with some key players being out.
After the Pens surrendered a goal to bring the score to 2-1, forward Tyler Kennedy ended the contest with 2:34 left.
Burying a feed from forward Matt Cooke, Kennedy snuck it behind Anderson to put Pittsburgh up 3-1.
Forward Pascal Dupuis was the last Penguin’ to register a point, assisting on Jeffrey’s tally.
Pittsburgh continues to find a way to win.
While the media continues to ask the team about the playoffs, the players consistently stress they’re only looking towards the next game.
In light of their injuries, transactions, and notoriety–the team is making no excuses–which should unsettle the rest of the league.
If a team can repeatedly win without a major portion of its starting lineup, against playoff desperate squads–you can bet that team’s hungrier than ever.