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DeSmith gets SO #2

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DeSmith blanks Canucks; Penguins finish perfect Canada trip

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- 

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 wanted another crack at the 

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, and he didn't waste it.

The backup goalie stopped 29 shots for his second career shutout, and the 

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 got two goals apiece from 

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in beating the Canucks 5-0 on Saturday night.

 

DeSmith lost the previous matchup between the teams Oct. 16 when 

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scored 34 seconds into overtime.

"I don't like losing and the way we lost, I felt the overtime goal I could have had, so that has kind of been on my mind since the last time and that was actually the last game I played," DeSmith said. "It just so happened my next game was against these guys and that worked out well."

 

He got the nod over 

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 in the final game of Pittsburgh's four-game trip to Canada and helped his team complete a sweep. The Penguins also won at Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary.

 

DeSmith's previous shutout came on April 26 against Ottawa.

 

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 also scored for Pittsburgh, which has just one loss in regulation this season.

 

"They've got some world-class players that can score if you give them the chance," Canucks coach 

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 stopped 30 shots for Vancouver. He kept the Canucks in the game with several clutch saves, including in the first period when he sprawled to turn away a rocket from Malkin with his left skate.

 

Still, the goaltender wasn't happy with his performance.

 

"No, 5-0 on the board, you can't be happy," Markstrom said. "It's a 60-minute game. You've got to play good all 60."

Pittsburgh opened the scoring midway through the second period, following a patient move by 

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The defenseman had been waiting for a chance at the point and fired a shot that bounced off Markstrom's pads. Kessel sneaked around the back of the net and found the rebound, banging it in for his seventh goal of the season, which leads the Penguins.

 

Kessel played in his 255th consecutive game for Pittsburgh, surpassing Malkin for the franchise record.

Crosby scored later in the period, collecting the puck in front and sending a backhand past Markstrom.

Malkin's goals came 59 seconds apart in the third. The Russian center also assisted on Kessel's goal, and said the two have good chemistry.

 

"When Phil plays good, I am playing good. When he is feeling it, I feel it, too. When he is lazy I am like, I can't do it myself," Malkin said.

 

Malkin's first goal came off a saucer pass from 

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 that he quickly buried in the side of the net. Less than a minute later, Malkin again found the puck in front and sliced it in past Markstrom. He has four goals and 11 assists in his last seven games.

 

Crosby capped the scoring with just more than two minutes left, firing in a shot from the side of the net. The Penguins' captain has five goals and three assists during a four-game scoring streak.

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When was the last time Pittsburgh won 4 straight in Canada if it happened? The last time they swept western Canada?

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On 10/29/2018 at 11:00 AM, notfondajane said:

When was the last time Pittsburgh won 4 straight in Canada if it happened? The last time they swept western Canada?

 

Pretty sure it was December 2007. Technically, there are only 3 NHL teams in Western Canada. :hyper:

 

Interesting tidbit for you. MAF won the first game against the Oilers. He was hurt early in the next game again the Flames and was relieved by Danny Sabourin who got the W that night and the next night against the Cannucks.

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So DeSmith gets his second shutout of the year against the Yotes in his second consecutive game.  His GAA is not1.89 to 3.87 for Murray. Could be that DeSmith may get a few more starts in the near future.

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On 11/11/2018 at 7:47 AM, nossagog said:

So DeSmith gets his second shutout of the year against the Yotes in his second consecutive game.  His GAA is not1.89 to 3.87 for Murray. Could be that DeSmith may get a few more starts in the near future.

Let's hope so he has the hot hand

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I like DeSmith but I am not to sure about Jarry and I hope the Pens can get out of the funk that they are in. . . . . . .

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I would like to see the Pens win more tightly 1 goal games especially the ones like the Boston and Buffalo games.

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