The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their recent run of stellar play Saturday night in beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 at the Pepsi Center. With the victory, the Penguins extended their winning streak to a season high of five games, as they dominated this contest from start to finish.
The Pens improved their record to 38-21-5 with the win, while Colorado (33-29-4) now trails Dallas by three points for the last spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Pittsburgh will look to keep their winning streak going on Monday night when it faces the Phoenix Coyotes at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up right where they left off after the first period of play, as they managed to extended their lead over the Colorado Avalanche to 4-0 at the 2nd intermission. Anything can happen in the National Hockey League, but as of right now the Penguins are well on their way to winning their fifth consecutive game.
Marc-Andre Fleury is looking to notch his 4th shutout of the season, and at this point in the game has stopped all 23 shots he has faced. The Penguins will look go keep up the pressure on Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the final period.
The Penguins got on the board with Arron Asham's third goal on the year at the 7:55 mark. His goal was assisted by Craig Adams and Brooks Orpik. Pittsburgh extended its advantage to 2-0 later in the period on Deryk Engelland's fourth goal of the season, assisted by Jordan Staal and Steve Sullivan.
Pittsburgh is winning the physical battle at this point in the game, as they had 14 hits to only eight for the Avs. Although they are behind, Colorado is getting their opportunities to score so the Pens will have to tighten up their defense in the second.