Pens dominate OilersMar 14, 2011 - 12:14 AM
Jordan Staal and Maxime Talbot both added a goal and one assist for the Penguins, who moved within three points (91-88) of idle Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division with their third win in four games.
Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in net, stopping 28-of-29 shots.
"Marc has a pretty strong history of rebounding," said Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma of his decision to start Fleury after he was pulled in Saturday's 3-0 home loss to Montreal. "Yesterday was a situation where we left him prone a couple times, and he let in three on 12 shots. It wasn't his own demise, but we needed to rebound."
Ryan Jones provided the sole offense for the Oilers, who have dropped four in a row. Devan Dubnyk was victimized for all five scores on 33 shots.
Edmonton hit the scoreboard just over a minute into the third period as Andrew Cogliano fed Jones on the doorstep for a 3-1 game.
Momentum shifted back to Pittsburgh less than eight minutes in, as Michalek took a pass from Craig Adams and stepped into a slapshot from the right wing that sailed by Dubnyk on the far side.
Kunitz added a power-play score with 3:49 to play to cap the rout.
"Underwhelmed would be accurate," said Oilers head coach Tom Renney after his club failed to turn in a strong performance like the one in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss at Detroit. "We came out in this game as spectators. We put ourselved behind the eight-ball right away by how disengaged we were."
Moments after killing off a lengthy two-man disadvantage, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead when Kennedy fed Kunitz for a backhander between Dubnyk's legs with 34.3 seconds remaining in the first period.
Talbot made it 2-0 on a breakaway, shifting from backhand to forehand at 6:27 of the second period and Staal tripled the Pens' edge at 18:56 when he followed up a Kennedy rebound for a stuffer.
Kunitz notched his third multi-goal effort of the season, and first since scoring a hat trick in an 8-1 win over Tampa Bay on January 5...The Penguins extended their franchise record to five straight years of at least 40 wins...Pittsburgh's previous high was back-to-back seasons of 40 wins in 1992-93 (56) and 1993-94 (44).
- EDMONTON: 1
Mar 13 5:31 PM
- Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - Chris Kunitz (20), from James Neal at 16:11.
Oilers 1, Penguins 5 3rd - 3:49Mar 13 5:20 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Zbynek Michalek (2), from Craig Adams at 7:52.
Oilers 1, Penguins 4 3rd - 12:08Mar 13 5:06 PM
- Edmonton Goal - Ryan Jones (16), at 1:11.
Oilers 1, Penguins 3 3rd - 18:49Mar 13 4:54 PM
- EDMONTON: 0
End of 2nd
Mar 13 4:35 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Jordan Staal (8), at 18:56.
Oilers 0, Penguins 3 2nd - 1:04Mar 13 4:34 PM
- Tyler Kennedy wrist shot on Devan Dubnyk.
Oilers 0, Penguins 2 2nd - 1:06Mar 13 4:33 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Tyler Kennedy (16), at 18:54.
Oilers 0, Penguins 3 2nd - 1:06Mar 13 4:33 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Maxime Talbot (8), at 6:27.
Oilers 0, Penguins 2 2nd - 13:33Mar 13 4:10 PM
- EDMONTON: 0
End of 1st
Mar 13 3:42 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Chris Kunitz (19), at 19:25.
Oilers 0, Penguins 1 1st - 0:35Mar 13 3:41 PM
- EDMONTON: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Mar 13 3:08 PM
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