-As we sit in the nearly empty press level of a mostly empty Consol Energy Center typing this game blog, we're still in a numb state of shock over what has occurred in the past 72 hours. The Penguins have declared to the world how serious they are about winning the Stanley Cup. They have gone out and gotten some of the best options available to fill what few needs they had. They didn't make trades for the sake of making trades as some teams will at the trade deadline. The Penguins got the two best power forwards available, two former captains no less, and they added the meanest, nastiest defenseman available. As Ray Shero said last night/this morning, the team is "all in."
-The entire notion of Jarome Iginla being a Pittsburgh Penguins is simply surreal to us. This is hockey royalty. And he's joining the court of noblemen the Penguins already have assembled. On a smaller scale, this would be like Mike Bossy joining the 1980s Oilers or Bobby Orr joining the 1970s Canadiens or Brett Hull joining the early 1990s Penguins.
-Speaking of which, Hull tweeted an impressive comparison:
Pitt starting to remind me of 2002 Wings #wholebunchofhallofamers!— Brett hull (@2ndBestHull) March 28, 2013
-Forget the offense. Think about how scary this team's forecheck will be going forward. If you're a defenseman who normally plays upwards of 25 minutes a game and you face the Penguins a playoff series, you're going to be getting pressured from the likes of Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz, Matt Cooke, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Sutter, Pascal Dupuis, Craig Adams, Tanner Glass and other every single shift. If the Penguins face the Canadiens in the postseason, how is Andrei Markov's creaky body going to feel after three or four games?
-We're not sure how the lines will work out going forwards. We do know the Penguins probably won't try to move Iginla to the left wing as he has rarely played that position in his career. Additionally, Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz are primarily left wingers. And while he started as a left winger in his career, James Neal wants little to do with a switch from the right wing. The only player with any versatility is Pascal Dupuis who can play both wings.
-Beau Bennett was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today with Evgeni Malkin coming off injured reserve. We're assuming this was a procedural move to bide time until the 23-man roster limit is lifted April 3. Bennett is good enough to stay at the NHL. He's earned that. It's just going to be nearly impossible to crack this lineup as a top-six winger or even top-nine.
-Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve yesterday due to a "lower-body" injury, a different one which landed him on his previous stint on injured reserve. The team says he will be sidelined seven to 10 days.
-Simon Despres assignment to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lasted all of one day as Letang was injured. This is a chance for Despres to show that he belongs in the lineup when everyone is healthy. It's hard to imagine the team separating Mark Eaton and Letang at this juncture, but it's hard to dismiss the potential for a Letang-Despres pairing at the same time.
-Tyler Kennedy might be out of a job after tonight. If and when Iginla gets here, that would presumably bump him out of a slot on the right wing on the third line, even if his play has improved as of late. Regardless if Iginla starts out on the third line to ease his way into the lineup and system or if he's thrown in the ... fire (pardon the pun) ... on the first line, Kennedy appears to be facing an uphill battle to keep his job. His options on the fourth line appear slim as Craig Adams and Tanner Glass are larger and kill penalties while Dustin Jeffrey and Joe Vitale can take faceoffs. Either way, we would expect Tyler Kennedy to try and prove something to the coaches and management tonight.
-How does this team dole out time on the power play? Iginla, a former two-time winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy, might not even be able to get on the first power-play unit if everyone is healthy.
-Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to be sidelined tonight on account of the "upper-body" injury he suffered Tuesday. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of concern tonight by management or members of the team. Either way, the team recalled Jeff Zatkoff from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-Douglas Murray will make his debut with the Penguins and appears to slotted to skate with Matt Niskanen. This is an intriguing combo. Murray is as "stay-at-home" of a stay-at-home defenseman as you will find. Niskanen, who was used as the stay-at-home option on the combo he formed with Letang earlier this season, will presumably be allowed take a few more chances now. This could do wonders for Niskanen's production.
-A few sights around the barn. The barn itself:
-It didn't take long for these to pop up in the team store:
-Brenden Morrow (Remember him?) makes his IceTime cover debut:
-Fans entering the barn:
-Attention Eugene Melnyk:
-You have to respect an old-school Pittsburgh Hornets jersey:
-The No. 15 version of Dustin Jeffrey still has a fan:
-Here's an all-timer. Dave Burrows:
-The Jets have some fans on hand. Ondrej Pavelec, Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd:
-The Dale Hawerchuk era Jets have a fan on hand too:
-Patrick Boileau Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:
-We always seem to run into a Craig Adams t-shirt jersey:
-Another one-time trade deadline pickup, Bill Guerin:
-Iginla's Team Canada linemate Sidney Crosby:
-In honor of the new Swedish terror, Douglas Murray, the original Swedish terror, Ulf Samuelsson:
-Murray, AKA "Crankshaft," already has a fan:
-Jerseys of the Night: Jarome Iginla has plenty of fans already in his new home:
(This family from Germany picked a heck of a time to visit Pittsburgh.)
-The Penguins' starters are Matt Cooke, Tyler Kennedy, Brandon Sutter, Paul Martin, Douglas Murray and Tomas Vokoun.
-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury and Dustin Jeffrey.
-The Jets' starters are Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom and Al Montoya.
-Their scratches are Arturs Kudla, Paul Postma and Mark Stuart.
-Jeff Jimerson returns to action with double duty for two national anthems:
19:29: Murray thumps Wheeler with a nudge into the end boards behind the Penguins' net.
18:09: Byfuglien snaps off a wrister from the right point which sails through traffic juuuust wide to the near side.
17:27: On a forecheck, Eric Tangradi gives Paul Martin a rough ride into the end boards.
17:21: Using Ron Hainsey as a screen, Tanner Glass snaps off wrister from the right wing. Montoya steers it away
16:57: Glass slams Derek Meech into the right wing corner boards of the Jets' zone.
16:36: A loose puck slides to the left wing boards of the Jets' zone. It bounces off the boards and Murray hammers a one-timer on net from above the left circle which Montoya stops with a thud.
16:30: Murray ges a pass at the center point and snaps a wrister just wide to the left of the cage.
16:15: It's a shooting gallery for the Penguins. from the left point. Niskanen whips a wrister wide on the near side.
15:51: Bogosian snaps off a wrister from the right point It gets blocked by Crosby in the slot.
15:29: Tangradi steers his way around a check in the Penguins' right circle and whips a heavy wrister on net. Vokoun says no.
15:19: Miettinen rips a wrister which is denied by Vokoun.
15:02: Hainsey pumps a slapper from above the left circle. Vokoun fights it off and covers the rebound with Wellwood hovering nearby. Fans can "Voooooooo...." to show appreciation.
14:41: Malkin chuck up the right wing and flings a backhander towards the net from deep on the wing. Enstrom goes stick on puck and deflects it out of play.
13:31: Off a turnover by Crosby in own zone, Kane deals a pass off the left wing to Miettinen in the slot. Miettin gets a stop on Orpik and whips a heavy wrister on net. Vokoun gloves it with easy. More "Vooooooo...." chants. During a television stoppage, Kevin Stevens is shown in the stands and gets an enthusiastic applause along with several "ARRTEEEE!" chants.
13:20: Crosby flies up the left wing, takes a pass and lifts a wrister on net. Montoya gloves it.
12:53: Off a backhanded pass by Crosby, Murray chops a half one-timer from the left point whch hits something in front and bounches juuust to the left side.
11:32: The great Joe Vitale sneaks his way up the right wing and lifts a wrister on net from a tough angle. Montoya fights it off.
10:52: Enstrom lifts a wrister from the left point wide on the near side.
9:13: Wheeler circles around from behid n net, up the left wing boards and whips a wrister from the slot just wide to the left of the net.
8:46: Olli Jokinen whips a wrister from above the left circle. Dupuis slides down to block it.
8:27: Niskanen collects a puck above the left circle and whips a wrister juuust wide to the near side.
8:06: Malkin pushes the puck up the wing, draws in a defender and slides a feed right into the blue paint. As Morrow barges in, he whacks it on net wiht his forehand but Montoya's right leg holds it out.
7:06: Kennedy hustles up the right wing and chips the puck on net. Montoya steers it away.
6:52: Martin takes a pass at the right point and chops a one-timer on net. Despite Brandon Sutter hovering around, Montoya denies it.
6:44: Off a faceofw in the left circle, Murray pounds a slapper from center point wide of the cage.
5:31: Dupuis gains the offensive zone on the right wing, draws in Enstrom and allows Crosby to get a step on Byfuglien in the slot. Dupuis chips a feed to Crosby who steers it on net. Montoya holds it out.
5:10: The Penguins mix up the lines and it pays off. Kunitz is on with Crosby and Malkin. Martin takes a pass at the right point and shoots wide, perhaps intentionally, on the near side, The puck hits off the end boards and comes to Crosby to the left of the cage. He taps a backhanded pass to Kunitz in the left circle. Kunitz is able to shuffle it into the cage by Montoya's blocker. Martin has been using that "pass" off the end boards quite a bit this season. Crosby and Martin get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1-0.
3:02: Wheeler snaps off a wrister from the right half wall wide to the far side.
2:08: Off a pass from Crosby, Dupuis whips a wrister from the slot off the left post. The goal horn sounds and the Penguins begin to celebrate but it's not a goal.
1:56: Jokinen tries to lug the puck into the offensive zone but is stopped in his tracks on a meaty hip check by Orpik.
1:34: Malkin has a heavy wrister from the slot denied by Montoya.
1:28: Murray corrals a puck at the center point by using his body to shield Evander Kane from the puck. He backhand taps a puck to Niskanen on the right point. Niskanen slide a puck down low to Neal to the right of the cage. Neal is able to play the puck to the opposite side of the crease. The puck hits off Malkin's skate and is denied initially by Montoya's right leg. Malkin follows through on the crash into the net and appears to directs it into the net with his right skate. The puck juuuust sneaks over the right pad of Montoya and goes in. The Penguins celebrate. Officials rule a goal on the ice but review the play to see if Malkin had a distinct kicking motion. The replay confirms the call on the ice. Neal and Niskanen get assists. Not sure how Neal got one. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 2-0.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Jets 0.
-What a fun, entertaining period. There was plenty of up and down action. Both teams exchange scoring chances. The Penguins just happen to have some players with better chances of finishing than the Jets.
-We're not sure if the Jets wanted to get into a run-and-gun affair with the Penguins, but it probably wouldn't be beneficial to them if that the avenue they want to pursue. They have some nice offensive players but they're not in the same universe of some of the Penguins' guys.
-So far so good for Douglas Murray. The part which as impressed us the most is his willingness to shoot the puck. And the play he made to keep the puck in the zone which led to Malkin's goal was so subtle. He used his big butt to shield Kane from the puck and deal to Niskanen. Those two have displayed some immediate chemistry.
-On eight shifts, Murray has 7:01 of ice time and one shot.
-It took him a shift or two to shake off the rust, but Malkin looked pretty good his first period back. He was strong on the puck and just created things. He had 5:16 of ice time on six shifts, one shot and one goal.
-Tomas Vokoun was pretty sharp that period. He looks very confident tonight.
-In his first game back at Consol Energy Center, Eric Tangradi was pretty aggressive on the forecheck and created a few chances.
-The Penguins have a 12-8 lead in shots.
-Crosby leads the game with three shots.
-None of the Jets has more than one.
-Niskanen lead the game with 7:46 of ice time.
-Hainsey is right behind him with 7:41.
-The Penguins have a 10-6 lead in faceoffs (63 percent).
-Sutter is 3 for 4 (75 percent).
-Little is 4 for 8 (50 percent).
-Dupuis, Crosby and Hainsey each lead the game with two blocked shots.
19:13: Deep on the right wing, Byfuglien takes a pass in the circle and chops a slapper on net. Vokoun gloves it.
19:02: After taking a cross-ice pass from Morrow, Malkin leaves a drop pass on the right wing for Neal. Neal snaps off a wrister which appears to glance off a stick. Montoya kicks it out.
18:08: Kyle Wellwood takes a pass in the slot, spins around and snaps off a wrister which hits a stick and deflects out of play. Murray (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) was battling Antropov (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) in front of Vokoun. That's a lot of beef.
16:40: Off a steal by Crosby, Dupuis snaps off a wrister from the left wing wall. Montoya says no. Attendance is announced as 18,649. It is the team's 272nd consecutive sellout.
15:48: Pascal Dupuis wants to keep his job. Leading a rush from the Penguins' zone, Cosby taps a pass up to Kunitz on the right wing in the neutral zone. Kunitz races up the wing and creates a mini two-on-one with Dupuis against Bogosian. After gaining the offensive zone, Kunitz sneaks a pass by the stick of Bogosian to Dupuis in the left circle. Dupuis one touches the puck by the blocker of Montoya for a goal. What a slick play. What chemistry this trio has. Iginla or no Iginla, we're not sure the Penguins break this line up. Kunitz and Crosby get assists. The "Hey Song" always has chemistry. Penguins 3-0.
14:45: Mark Eaton chops a slapper from the right point. Montoya fights it off. The great Joe Vitale and Malkin battle for the rebound. Malkin is able to flip a backhanded while battling Antropov. Montoya smothers it to freeze play.
12:25: Kennedy grips and rips a wrister from the right circle. It hits something and deflects away.
11:12: Taking a pass from Murray at the left point, Dupuis hammers a one-timer which appears to catch Byfuglien in the hand and leave hims smarting.
10:42: Off a give and go play, Neal cracks a one-timer from the right half wall. Montoya gloves it.
10:23: Antropov sneaks up the right wing wall and lifts a backhander on net. Vokoun fights it off.
9:48: The Jets get the first power play as Adams takes out Kane away from the puck at the Penguins' blue line. That's two minutes for delay of game. Orpik, Martin, Cooke and Sutter take the ice.
8:43: Wheeler has the puck deep in the right circle but loses it. Eaton whacks it down ice for a clear.
8:03: Shorthanded, Crosby chips a wrister on net from the left wing wall on net. Montoya bats it away wit his glove.
7:48: The Adams minor is killed. The Jets offer little threat that two minutes.
6:56: Malkin circles around the offensive zone and snaps off a wrister from the right circle which is blocked.
6:06: Off a feed from Despres, Eaton hammers a one-timer from the right point which Montoya fights off.
5:27: Martin cracks a one-timer from the right half wall which hits a cluster of bodies in front and slides juuuust wide to the far side.
5:03: Orpik slams Alexander Burmistrov into the right corner boards of the Penguins' zone.
4:38: After icing the puck, the Penguins call timeout to get a breather.
2:44: Martin and Wellwood battle for a puck behind the Penguins' net. Martin brings his stick up high and end ups batting Wellwood in the face. Officials call Martin for high sticking. xxx take the ice.
2:28: Taking a pass at center point. Byfuglien cracks a one-timer which hits a body in front and deflects to the left wing corner.
1:31: Kane has a chance in the right circle but his wrister his kicked out by Vokoun.
1:23: Pascal Dupuis wants to keep his job. The rebound of the Kane shot skids out to the left point. Byfuglien makes a pathetic effort keep it and and even worse effort to chase it down in the neutral zone. Dupuis races up the right wing boards and creates a two-on-one with Glass against Enstrom. Dupuis keeps the puck and rips a wrister which appears to glance off the glove hand of Montoya and hits twine. This is getting embarrassing for the Jets. Vokoun gets the only assist. That's two points for him this season. The "Hey Song" is never embarrassing. Penguins 4-0.
0:44: Martin's minor expires. The Jets did little with that chance.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 4, Jets 0.
-The Penguins are owning this game. They took over puck possession that period and just kept things pinned down in the Jets' end of the ice.
-We're not sure how you breaking up the Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis line. It's just too good right now.
-After starting out the season rotten, the Penguins penalty kill has been dominant as of late. Don't discount this unit's impact on the 13-game winning streak.
-The Malkin-Neal-Morrow line is starting to show some chemistry.
-The Penguins are dominating shots, 27-14.
-Crosby leads the game with five shots.
-Kane, Clitsome, Byfuglien and Antropov each lead the Jets with two.
-Byfuglien leads the game with 16:00 of ice time.
-Orpik lead the game with 15:54 of ice time.
-The Penguins control faceoffs, 22-13 (63 percent).
-Sutter is 7 for 10 (70 percent).
-Little is 8 for 16 (50 percent).
-Hainsey leads the game with three blocked shots.
-Dupuis and Crosby each lead the Penguins with two.
18:56: Morrow whips a wrister from the right circle which gets blocked.
18:43: The Jets get another power play as Niskanen is sent off for interfering with Kane. Kane tried to chip and case the puck up the boards and Niskanen held him up.
18:39: Off a faceoff in the defensive zone, Orpik plays the puck out of play. The jets will have a two man advantage for 1:56. Ouch. Martin, Adams, and Cooke the the ice
18:12: A one-timer by Kane is kicked out by Vokoun.
18:00: Adams intercepts a pass in the slot and chis tidow ice for a clear.
17:41: Bogosian tees up a one-timer from above the left circle. Adams blocks it. Ouch.
17:40: Bogosian tees up a slapper from above the left circle. Adams challenges and forces the shto to go high of the cage.
17:06: Bogosian fires another one-timer from above the left circle which Sutter blocks.
16:57: A one timer by Enstrom from above the right circle hits a body in front.
16:48: Wheeler plays a puck into the blue paint from the right circle. Ladd is there to chip it on net but Vokoun fight it off and kicks the puck out.
16:39: Both penalties are killed. Penguins fans offer a standing ovation for the gutsy effort.
15:32: Niskanen takes a pass at the right point and chops a slap-pass to Dupusi on the left of the blue paint. Duuis taps the puck juuust wide on the near side.
15:16: Neal pounds a slapper from the left circle on net.
13:31: Sutter chips a puck up the right wing, races by Enstrom and Byfuglien and pushes a puck on net from in tight. Montoya fights it off.
12:27: Wheeler chips a chnase a puck up the right wing and is held up by Despres at the blue line. Wheeler takes a bit of a dive. No call.
11:48: Kunits lifts a wrister from the left circle. Montoya fight sit off.
11:24: After Kunitz and Dupuis force a turnover behind the Jets' net, Dupuis deals a pass to Crosby in front of the net. Crosby chips a puck on net but Montoya is in perfect position and kicks it out. What a forecheck this line offers.
10:39: Byfuglien chips a puck at the net from right wall. It sneaks through traffic and slides to an open space just to the left of the cage. Kane is there with an open net but Neal taps the puck off the end boards. Huge defensive play.
10:23: Burmistrov hustles by a stick check from Malkin in the neutral zone, loses his footing a bit, leans down and BLAM! He runs into Orpik and hits the ice. Ouch.
9:40: Kennedy snaps off a wrister from the right circle which Meech blocks partially. The puck slides in on net and Montoya covers.
9:23: Burmistov is having a rough go of things as Murray slams him int othe right wing boards of the Penguins' zone. Jokinen gives Murray a little shove but doesn't stick around for the response.
8:25: Kunitz chops a one-timer form the right cirlce on net. It hits something in front. Dupuis and Crosby battle for the rebound but can't get a clean stickon the puck.
7:41: Tomas Vokoun is dialed in. Orpik and Martin get a little tangles up at hteir own blue line. Antropov takes advantage of the situation an chips a puck off the left wing wall to Wellwood who has a mini breakaway. He moves in on net and lifts a wrister right into the chest of Vokoun who smothers the rebound. "VOOOOOOO...." chants rain down. Martin and Orpik each owe Vokoun a beer.
6:23: Neal has a chance in the right circle ended on a stick check by Little.
5:44: Kane pushes the puck up ice and from the Penguins' blue line, he hammers a slapper which presumably doesn't go the way he wants it and it strikes an offiical in the Penguins' zone. It drops the official. Play is halted to check on his status. His fellow offiicals check on him and he seems fine.
5:01:Tangradi gets a chance on the left wing. He races past Eaton on the left wing and has a partial breakaway. Approaching the net, he snaps off a wrister which appears to go juuust wide.
3:41: Off a cycle by Malkin, Neal gets a chance in the slot which is wide to the left of the cage.
1:22: A slapper by Despres from the left half wall is eaten up by Montoya.
0:41: Adams pushes the puck up the and flings a shot on net. Montoya steers it away.
0:29: Dupuis hammers a one-timer from the slot on net. Pavelec steers it away.
0:00: End of game. Penguins 4, Jets 0.
-We're not sure if there was a more dominant game in this 14-game winning streak. After exchanging a few chances with the Jets, the Penguins simply took over the game and dominated puck possession. The Jets simply looked like a spiritually beaten team after a while. It's almost like they felt they had no place on the same rink with the Penguins.
-It's a tired cliche, but the best defense is a good offense. The Penguins' puck possession was the story of this game. They maintain the puck in the offensive zone most of the contest. When they weren't pestering the Jets' blue line with persistent forechecking, they were moving it around at will in the offensive zone. The Penguins passed it around with a lot of ease and created quality scoring chances.
-How big was the Penguins' penalty kill? It killed all four chances it saw tonight, including a LONG five-on-three and it got a short-handed goal. A very underrated part of this team's success recently is the rebound of its penalty kill after a rotten start to the season.
-We're not sure how much you want to read into this, but the Penguins' penalty kill with Mark Eaton in the lineup has gone 26 for 31 this season (83.9 percent). Without him, it's 35 for 54 (64.8 percent). Again, we're not sure how much you want to credit his presence as he averages 1:33 of short-handed ice time per game, but it's hard to ignore his presence when it comes to all things defense.
-Also, the team is #UndefEATON with him in the lineup (12-0-0).
-Pascal Dupuis made a statement to the coaches about his place on this team. He doesn't want to lose his job as Sidney Crosby's right winger. And he shouldn't. We're not sure if it's there's a right or wrong answer as to where Jarome Iginla fits on this team. That said, removing Dupuis off that line would not be fair. He showed why tonight.
-Evgeni Malkin came back and looked dominant at times tonight withe puck. He looked like a bull any time he had the puck just shifted the ice when he was controlling play. He also seemed to develop a little chemistry after a few shifts with Brenden Morrow and James Neal. This line could be scary once they get on the same page.
-The third line had a strong effort as well in a defensive role. It was active on the forecheck and limited the speed the Jets could work with in the neutral zone.
-Tyler Kennedy played a safe, reliable game tonight but it's hard to imagine he did anything tonight to sway the coaches into keeping him in the lineup once everyone is available. There's simply too much talent on this roster at the moment.
-The debut of Douglas Murray was fantastic. He seemed to gel immediately with Matt Niskanen and showed off a willingness to take offensive chances. He displayed a strong shot and even showed off a little craftiness when he held the puck in at the blue line which led to Malkin's goal. He seemed to adjust fairly well to the speed the Penguins' play with.
-Murray had 18:20 of ice time on 24 shifts, including 1:43 of short-handed time. He had two shots and one block.
-Tomas Vokoun has shaken off whatever was impacting his game a few weeks ago and has returned to the form with made him look like a free agent steal in the offseason. If Fleury is unable to play for any stretch of time, Vokoun has given the coaches ample reason to be confident in him.
-The Jets looked pretty awful. They tried to run and gun with the Penguins and kept up a little bit with them before the Penguins' considerable advantage in terms of skill took over. After that, the just seemed to get frustrated and played a sloppy game.
-The Penguins led in shots, 43-20.
-Dupuis led the game with seven shots.
-Dustin Byfuglien led the Jets with four.
-Niskanen and Brooks Orpik were the only Penguins' skaters who failed to record an official shot on net.
-Paul Martin led the game with 23:53 of ice time.
-Byfuglien led the Jets with 23:24.
-The Penguins dominated faceoffs, 37-19 (66 percent).
-The great Joe Vitale was 7 for 8 (88 percent).
-Bryan Little was 9 for 21 (43 percent).
-Ron Hainsey led the game with four blocked shots.
-Crosby led the Penguins with three.
-Some of the numbers the Penguins have reached or are approaching are staggering. They are now 14-0-0 in March. They are one win away from going undefeated in the month. That would would be the first time in NHL history has accomplished this feat with a minimum of 10 games.
-They tied a franchise record of 11 consecutive home wins.
-The Penguins recorded back-to-back shutouts for the second time in franchise history. The only other time that occurred came in a 4-0 neutral site win against the Bruins, Feb. 8, 1993 in Atlanta and a 3-0 road win against the Rangers, Feb. 10, 1993. Ironically enough, the first game of that shutout due was, like this current combination, a combined shutout with Ken Wregget (24 saves) and Tom Barrasso (four saves).
-Chris Kunitz reached 20 goals for the fifth time in his career.
-Vokoun recorded his 50th career shutout. He is the 26th goaltender in NHL history to reach that mark.
-The Penguins recorded their first shutout against the Jets/Thrashers franchise since Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves against the Thrashers in a 5-0 home win, Nov. 24, 2007.
-Dupuis (200) passed up Kris Letang (199) for 38th place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. He also obviously became the 38th player to score 200 points with the franchise.
-Neal passed up Orest Kindrachuk for 69th place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. Both players have 199 points but Neal (58 goals) has more goal goals than Kindrachuk (38).