Sports Network | February 11, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jordan Staal scored with 19 seconds left in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Consol Energy Center.
With time winding in the extra stanza, Pascal Dupuis was able to chip the puck into the Los Angeles end behind the defender. It bounced off the right boards as Staal was able to catch up to it and from the right circle snapped a shot between the right arm and body of Jonathan Quick for the win.
Brett Sterling scored the other goal while Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 stops for the Penguins, who snapped a two-game slide.
"We were pushing the whole game to get a goal and a lot of our chances were more toward the end," said Staal. "We started playing a lot better hockey and we're fortunate to get a nice win."
Before the game, Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma announced that center Evgeni Malkin had successful surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Malkin will need about six months to recover and is expected to be ready for training camp in September.
"Bottom line is this is a team with four or five regulars out of the lineup," LA defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi said of a Pittsburgh team that also continues to play without captain Sidney Crosby. "This was a great chance for us if we play a 60-minute game to get two points."
Jarret Stoll had the lone goal and Quick finished with 24 saves for the Kings, who fell to 2-0-2 on their 10-game road trip.
The only goals in regulation came in the first period as each side lit the lamp.
The Penguins got the first goal of the game with Sterling's first goal with the team. From the right side of the net, Dustin Jeffrey sent a pass to the high slot where Sterling wristed it over the glove of Quick 6:53 in.
However, Los Angeles tied the game with 2:43 left in the opening frame. Ryan Smyth skated the puck over the blue line and dished it over to the left wing for Stoll, who stickhandled past the defender and snapped a shot by Fleury.
Quick made 19 saves over second and third periods while Fleury countered with 16 saves during the span.
Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke served the first of his four-game suspension stemming from a hit on Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin on Tuesday...The Kings play in Washington on Saturday...Pittsburgh plays its next two games in New York. On Friday the Pens will face off with the Islanders then play in Madison Square Garden on Sunday against the Rangers...The Penguins have taken four of the last five against the Kings.