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Penguins 6, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:15 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 6, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 6
Three Stars of the Game
James Neal
1st
James Neal
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 20:14
Evgeni Malkin
2nd
Evgeni Malkin
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:04
Kris Letang
3rd
Kris Letang
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:12

PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Neal had a goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Jay McClement, Matt Duchene and David Jones all scored first-period goals for the Avalanche, who lost to an Eastern Conference team for the first time this season.

The Avalanche had been 5-0 against Eastern Conference foes, and they appeared to be on their way to another win after lighting up Fleury in the opening 20 minutes.

Jordan Staal, Evgeni Malkin, Brooks Orpik, Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins, who scored four times in the third period against goalie Semyon Varlamov to overcome an early 3-1 deficit.

Neal's power-play goal, his 12th tally of the season, in the third gave him at least one goal in each of Pittsburgh's eight home games this season.

Marc-Andre Fleury shook off a rocky first period to finish with 24 saves.

Colorado beat Fleury three times in the period, the prettiest goal coming on a nifty play by the 20-year-old Duchene, who took a pass from Paul Stastny and tipped the puck between his legs to himself before easily slipping the puck into the net.

That seemed to awaken the Penguins, who dominated the final two periods.

Dupuis pulled Pittsburgh within 3-2 midway through the second. Varlamov couldn't freeze a slap shot from Arron Asham, and the puck trickled in front of the goal, where Dupuis got just enough stick on it to send it dribbling across the goal line.

The Avalanche managed to escape the period with the lead, but the Penguins were just warming up.

Orpik tied it at 3 just over a minute into the third when his shot from the point deflected off a Colorado player and past Varlamov. Malkin put Pittsburgh in front less than 4 minutes later, deking his way past Varlamov.

Neal gave the Penguins some cushion with his power-play tally on a night he extended his point streak to seven games. Letang later added his first even-strength goal in nearly a year on a backhand as Pittsburgh needed less than 11 minutes to turn a 3-2 hole into a 6-3 lead.

The Penguins moved into a tie with Chicago for the most points in the NHL with 25 through 18 games, not bad for a club that is still playing without captain Sidney Crosby.

The attack was buoyed on Tuesday by forward Tyler Kennedy, playing his first game since missing a month with a concussion. Kennedy assisted on Staal's first-period goal.

The young and quickly improving Avalanche have struggled at home - winning two of eight there - but are growing up on the road. Colorado began the night tied for the league lead in road wins (six) and road points (13).

The Avalanche have done it with a sizzling power play that is tops in the league. Colorado came in scoring 41 percent of the time with the man advantage on the road. The Avalanche went 0-for-2 against the league's best penalty-killing team and couldn't keep up with the Penguins in the third.

NOTES: Colorado's Milan Hejduk had an assist in his first game since being promoted to captain on Monday. ... Fleury is unbeaten in regulation in his last eight games (7-0-1). ... Fleury has stopped all 41 shots he has faced on the penalty kill this season. ... The Penguins begin a two-game road trip in Tampa on Thursday. The Avalanche will play in Minnesota on Thursday before starting an eight-game homestand.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:51
COL
Jay McClement (2) ASST: Milan Hejduk (6), Erik Johnson (9)
1 - 0 COL
17:24
COL
Matt Duchene (7) ASST: Paul Stastny (7), Kyle Quincey (10)
2 - 0 COL
18:33
PIT
Jordan Staal (9) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (3), Deryk Engelland (3)
2 - 1 COL
19:44
COL
David Jones (7) ASST: Jay McClement (1), TJ Galiardi (1)
3 - 1 COL
2nd Period
11:01
PIT
Pascal Dupuis (4) ASST: Craig Adams (2), Arron Asham (4)
3 - 2 COL
3rd Period
01:12
PIT
Brooks Orpik (1) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (9), James Neal (7)
3 - 3 Tie
04:45
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (5) ASST: James Neal (8)
4 - 3 PIT
07:17
PIT
PPG - James Neal (12) ASST: Steve Sullivan (7), Kris Letang (14)
5 - 3 PIT
10:30
PIT
Kris Letang (2) ASST: Jordan Staal (5), Joe Vitale (3)
6 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
02:41
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
02:41
PIT
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
07:45
COL
TJ Galiardi  Boarding against  Brooks Orpik
08:58
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Tripping against  Matt Cooke
2nd Period
02:37
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Interference against  Jordan Staal
12:01
PIT
James Neal  Tripping against  Jan Hejda
3rd Period
06:41
COL
TJ Galiardi  Holding against  Matt Cooke
07:26
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
11:57
COL
Chuck Kobasew  Hooking against  Evgeni Malkin
17:33
COL
Cody McLeod  Too many men/ice - bench
19:50
PIT
Matt Niskanen  Cross checking against  Cody McLeod
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
10-2-1
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
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