Goaltender Matt Murray made 26 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (32-14-1-1) in a 3-1 road win against the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday.
Left winger Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while left wingers Sahir Gill and Anton Zlobin each added goals.
The Penguins’ next game is Saturday at home against the Portland Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
Goaltender Franky Palazzese made 37 saves for the Wheeling Nailers (21-20-2-3) in a 5-2 road win against the Adirondack Thunder.
Wheeling’s next game is Sunday on the road against the Manchester Monarchs, 3 p.m.
A quick look at the Penguins’ 2-1 shootout victory against Carolina Friday night at PNC Arena:
*** Defenseman Kris Letang threw a backhander under the crossbar in Round 3 of the shootout to give the Penguins their seventh victory in the past nine games. Teammates Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz had failed to score in the previous two rounds, while Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury denied Chris Terry, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Elias Lindholm.
*** The victory was the Penguins’ seventh in their past nine games and raised their record to 28-19-7. They remain in the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot because Tampa Bay, which is one point ahead of them, recorded a 4-3 overtime victory against Nashville.
*** Phil Kessel gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 15:43 of the second period, when he beat Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward on the short side from the bottom of the left circles. The goal was the 16th of the season for Kessel, who had not scored in the previous five and had just three in the previous 16, but finished with a team-high seven shots. “He worked,” Sullivan said. “He was in the battle areas. He was on the puck. When he had opportunities to shoot the puck, he would shoot the puck. He was moving his feet. For me, those are Phil’s strengths. When Phil skates and he works, he’s a dangerous guy.”
*** Fleury turned aside 29 of 30 shots during regulation and overtime before being perfect in the shootout. He was particularly effective during the third period, when Carolina got its only goal – Andrej Nestrasil scored from outside the right dot at 14:42 – but could have had several more. “They controlled a lot of the third period,” Penguins center Sidney Crosby said.
*** Despite a generally lackluster performance, the Penguins remain the only NHL team with an unblemished record [21-0] when leading after two periods. “That was not a good game for us,” Letang said. “As a team, I don’t think we played well, but we stuck with it and we found a way to win.”
*** The Penguins again played without injured centers Evgeni Malkin, Eric Fehr and Nick Bonino, but did have defenseman Trevor Daley. He left their 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday after slamming back-first into a goalpost and did not get back on skates until the Penguins’ game-day workout Friday morning.
*** Fleury, on Letang’s shootout-deciding goal: “I’ve seen that in practice a lot. It was nice to see him score on somebody else.”
*** The Penguins are off until Monday, when they will play Florida at the BB&T Center at 7:38 p.m.
A quick look at the Penguins’ 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center:
*** The defeat snapped the Penguins’ six-game winning streak on home ice and dropped them six points behind the second-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division standings.
*** New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots to record his 58th career shutout, four of which have come against the Penguins. “He’s a good goalie,” Penguins winger Conor Sheary said. “You run into that sometimes.”
*** The loss left the Penguins with a tenuous grip on the second wild-card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins [27-19-7] and New Jersey Devils have 61 points each, but the Penguins have played two fewer games.
*** Penguins center Sidney Crosby was held scoreless, ending a series of impressive streaks. He had at least one goal in seven consecutive games, one or more goals in nine games in a row at home and 11-game points streaks both overall and at Consol Energy Center.
*** Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley left the game during the first period with an undisclosed injury. He got tied up with Rangers forward Jesper Fast before sliding back-first into the goalpost at 10:23. He took one more 20-second shift before adjourning to the locker room. Coach Mike Sullivan said after the game that he did not have any information on Daley’s injury.
*** New York got the only goal it needed at 8:34 of the opening period, when Kevin Hayes tossed a Tanner Glass rebound past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
*** The Penguins are 6-2-1 in their past nine regular-season home games against New York.
*** Crosby, on the impact of potentially losing Daley: “He’s a really good puck-mover. A good skater. He can skate us out of trouble in a hurry. So I think he brings that. He played some power play, too, and has been really good there. … We'll have to have somebody step in there and make up for that loss.”
*** The loss ended a stretch of six consecutive games inside the Metropolitan in which the Penguins picked up at least one point [5-0-1].
*** Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, on how the game played out: “I think we had control of that game for the most part. We just couldn’t buy a goal. It’s tough when you play against a team like that. They have a lot of experience. They play well with the lead.”
*** Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was a minus-1, just the third time he’s had a negative plus-minus in the past 22 games.
*** Sullivan on Phil Kessel, who has three goals in the past 14 games: “Obviously, when Phil scores, we’re a better team.”
An overtime goal by right winger Carter Rowney gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (31-14-1-1) a 4-3 win against the Utica Comets Tuesday.
Center Derek Army scored two goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while center Jean-Sebastien Dea recorded two assists. Left winger Kael Mouillierat also scored a goal for the Penguins while goaltender Matt Murray made 34 saves in the victory.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is on the road Friday against the Hartford Wolf Pack, 7:15 p.m.
A quick look at the Penguins’ 6-2 victory against Anaheim Monday night at Consol Energy Center:
*** The Penguins’ offense, dormant for so much of the season, had another big evening, putting up six goals for the second time in the past four games as they won for the sixth time in the past seven. “It’s fun to win,” center Sidney Crosby said. “Definitely fun when we’re scoring some more goals here …we’ll try to ride it as long as we can.”
*** Crosby continues to do much of the heavy lifting for the Penguins. He had two goals and two assists against the Ducks to run his totals for the 19 games since the NHL’s holiday break to 18 goals and 13 assists. “His game’s at another level right now,” Sullivan said.
*** Left winger Chris Kunitz, Crosby’s linemate, had a goal and an assist, giving him five goals and seven assists in his past nine games. He had five goals and eight assists in the previous 41. “With Sid going the way he is, it gives everybody confidence,” Kunitz said.
*** The Penguins moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the New York Islanders. New York has game in hand.
*** Former Ducks left winger Carl Hagelin scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 19:43 of the opening period. It was his first goal since joining the Penguins Jan. 16.
*** Anaheim had won its previous six games.
*** Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was guilty of a center-ice giveaway that led directly to Ryan Getzlaf’s breakaway goal at 19:10 of the first period, but only after his shots led to deflection goals for Kunitz and Conor Sheary. “When Sid and [Letang] and the big guys are playing that well, it’s pretty fun to watch,” said defenseman Olli Maatta.
*** The Penguins have won six home games in a row and are 8-0-2 in their past 10 at Consol Energy Center.
*** Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves after sub-par performances against Ottawa and Tampa Bay last week. “He was himself,” Maatta said. “And he made those saves we needed.”
*** The Penguins have won seven of their past eight home games against Anaheim.
*** Crosby has an 11-game points streak and goals in seven in a row. He also has at least one goal in each of his past nine at Consol Energy Center, two shy of the home-ice record Mario Lemieux set in 1996.
*** The Penguins have scored five or more goals in a game seven times this season, all in the past 20 games.