facebook
twitter
search
search

NHL: Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 2

Dec. 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Chris Kunitz completed a Pittsburgh offensive outburst during the first half of the contest Thursday and the Penguins went on to dispose of Minnesota 5-2.

Pittsburgh won its sixth in a row, tying idle Anaheim for the longest current winning streak in the NHL.

Kunitz put a slap shot past Niklas Backstrom with 9:17 to go in the second period, giving the Penguins a 4-0 lead. It was the 19th tally of the season for Kunitz, moving him into the top five among NHL goal scorers this season and bringing him within seven of equaling his career-best campaign of two years ago.

Pascal Dupuis scored a mere 49 seconds into the game and both Brandon Sutter and Matt Niskanen had second-period goals for the Penguins.

The Wild cut their deficit to 4-2 before Olli Maatta scored shorthanded for the Penguins 7:54 into the third.

Jeff Zatkoff improved his record to 6-2-0 by making 24 saves. Backstrom allowed all five Pittsburgh goals on 36 shots.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals continue to have a blast
Chicago White Sox continue surge with win vs. Boston Red Sox
Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr having back surgery
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard shuts down San Diego Padres
Chris Davis powers Baltimore Orioles past Atlanta Braves