Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Sidney Crosby scored and issued two assists while Chris Kunitz had two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins notched their 10th straight home win via a 4-3 triumph over the Calgary Flames Saturday at Consol Energy Center.
Crosby, who leads the NHL with 54 points, extended his point streak to 10 games (18 points, seven goals) to help the Penguins (27-10-1) clinch their seventh straight victory.
Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 27 saves for his League-leding 21st game while Pascal Dupuis, Harry Zolnierczyk and James Neal scored for the Penguins, who lead the Metropolitan Division by 14 points over the Washington Capitals.
Paul Byron, Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler scored while Karri Ramo had 19 saves for the Flames, who slipped to 13-17-6 after losing their fourth straight game.
Pittsburgh got on the board first behind Dupuis’ seventh goal of the season. Crosby whipped a shot on goal, forcing Ramo to make a pad save. The puck bounced out to Dupuis in front of the net and he finished the play into the open goal.
Zolnierczyk deflected a slap shot past Ramo to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-0, 1:19, later for his first point as a member of the Penguins.
After Paul Byron scored to bring the Flames to within 2-1 6:58 into the second period, the Penguins scored twice to regain a comfortable 4-1 lead entering the third.
Cammalleri made it 4-2 by driving past Niskanen and wristing a shot past Fleury with 45.5 seconds left in the second period.
Hudler made it a one-goal game but the Flames could not get any of their final 12 shots past Fleury to tie the game.