The Pittsburgh Penguins won their third straight win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday afternoon by the score of 4-1, thanks to a four-point performance by Evgeni Malkin, a three-point performance by Phil Kessel and a two-point game by captain Sidney Crosby. The Penguins are now fifth in the Metropolitan division with a record of 23-19-3, and they own the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, which means that they would participate in the playoffs if they were starting today. However, they only have a one point lead on the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Three key pieces of Pittsburgh offense are on fire lately, and they will have to keep things this way if the Penguins want to make the playoffs and have a shot for their third straight Stanley Cup.
Sidney Crosby scored two goals and seven assists for nine points in his last...three games! He now has more points in January that he had in the entire month of December. Evegni Malkin has eight points (5G+3A) in his last three games, and Phil Kessel has six points (2G+4A) over the same period.
Crosby now has 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points in 45 games played, Malkin has 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points in 41 games, and Kessel has 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points in 45 games.
Sidney Crosby scored a beautiful goal against the Wings on Saturday afternoon, lifting Frans Nielsen's stick before the puck came to him, and then firing a laser shot past Jimmy Howard.