Blues and Penguins Win, Stay Hot
The St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins both won their National Hockey League games on November 6th and kept the league’s longest winning streaks alive.
In St. Louis, the Blues beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 to win their seventh straight game. St. Louis led 2-0 after two periods, and had a 3-0 in the third lead but the Devils came storming back, scoring three times. A power play goal at 17:28 by David Backes proved to be the game winner for the Blues, who improved to 9-3-1 for the season. The Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko also scored a goal, his eighth in the last six games.
In Winnipeg, Sidney Crosby scored the game winner in a shootout as the Penguins beat the Jets 4-3. Pittsburgh improved to 9-2-1 with its sixth straight win. This was the first game for Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury since he signed a 4 year $23 million contract extension. Critics of that move question if Fleury is worth that much, especially since Pittsburgh is already shelling out over $104 million for Crosby over 12 years, and $76 million for Evgeni Malkin over eight years. It’s a bit of a gamble, as all sports contracts are, but Fleury, the winning goalie in the game, improved his record to 8-2 with a 1.99 goals against average. He’s also got three shutouts.