Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Shore scored twice and Jesse
Winchester added three assists, as Florida put an end to Pittsburgh's team-
record 13-game home winning streak with a convincing 5-1 decision at CONSOL
Jonathan Huberdeau, Dmitry Kulikov and Shawn Matthias also lit the lamp for
the Panthers, who halted an eight-game slide in the Steel City since a 6-1
result on Jan. 3, 2009 at the now-demolished Mellon Arena.
Scott Clemmensen put the clamps down on the best team in the Eastern
Conference with 35 saves.
Matt Niskanen registered the lone goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots
for the Penguins, who hadn't lost on friendly ice since a 2-1 setback to the
Flyers on Nov. 13.
Kulikov put Florida up by three with his stuffer attempt at the right post
only 1:17 into the final frame.
The hosts kept pressing, and seconds after stoning Evgeni Malkin from the
right side, Clemmensen let a left-point drive by Niskanen trickle through his
pads at 5:11.
The Panthers assumed a three-goal edge once more with 6:10 remaining in the
contest, when a lengthy review determined that Huberdeau's try through a
goalmouth scramble was not illegally sent into the net.
Matthias then lifted a shot inside the near post on a rush from the left wing
12 seconds later for a four-goal spread and the hosts were subdued.
Shore provided the only offense of the opening period, beating Fleury with
a wrister off a 2-on-1 short-handed break just over four minutes remaining.
Clemmensen kept up his end of the bargain with 14 saves.
It was 2-0 after Shore clicked on a one-timer from the left wing at the 13:34
mark of the second period.
Prior to Monday, the Penguins had won 11 of their last 12 home games against
the Panthers dating back to January of 2007 ... Penguins and Team Canada
captain Sidney Crosby finished with no points, one shot and a minus-3 rating
in 22:03 of ice time ... Earlier on Monday, the Pens announced that forward
Pascal Dupuis will have surgery on his torn ACL shortly after the NHL pauses
for the Sochi Olympics ... Clemmensen picked up his third career assist, with
the lone helper on Shore's first goal.
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