10:00 PM ET, November 3, 2009
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Marc-Andre Fleury flopped around his crease, awkwardly stacked his pads and even got lucky when a couple of pucks hit him before he saw them. Sidney Crosby helped out by diving desperately into the net to block another shot during that frantic stretch of the final minutes.
Although the defending champion Penguins aren't exactly winning gracefully, they're still flawless outside of Pittsburgh.
• Alex Goligoski recorded his sixth goal of the season. He now has nine points in his last nine games.
• The Ducks have now lost three straight and four of their last five vs. the Penguins.
• Anaheim fell to 1-5-1 in its last seven overall, dropping to 2-6 at home this season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
"The way we've gotten them hasn't been perfect," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "But we battle and block shots, and our goalie makes a big save. It hasn't been as pretty as some might like, but we keep working hard."
Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for the Penguins, who are three short of the NHL record for road wins to start a season. The 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres won 10 straight to open the season. The Associated Press, based on information in the NHL record book, erroneously reported that the Penguins tied a league record in their initial game story. That story was used on ESPN.com.
New Jersey also is 7-0 on the road so far this season.
Pittsburgh was winless in 14 of its last 15 games in California, but the champs have a momentum that not even the Golden State could crack. After winning 12 of their first 15 games this season, the Penguins visit Los Angeles on Thursday and San Jose on Saturday.
"We're just trying to do our best, and we're adjusting to new things," Crosby said. "I think that it's difficult when you lose two guys [Malkin and Gonchar] like we've lost. We've just got to adjust and find ways to be successful."
Corey Perry scored two goals for the Ducks, who have lost six of seven. The Ducks' slow start has left them with a conference-worst four victories, but it hasn't affected the talented young forward, who scored his 100th career goal while extending his six-game scoring streak and a career-best four-game goal streak.
"It was very frustrating for the last four minutes," Perry said. "We had some great chances, but Fleury played well and stood on his head a couple of times. We're working hard, and if we keep playing the way we played tonight, we're going to get bounces and create chances for ourselves. Everybody in here is trying their hardest."
Jonas Hiller stopped 23 shots and Saku Koivu scored his first goal since Oct. 6 for Anaheim, but Pittsburgh opened its four-game West Coast road trip by causing constant traffic in front of the Ducks' net.
Perhaps that's because the Ducks also played without defenseman James Wisniewski, who sat out the first game of a two-game suspension for a high hit on Phoenix captain Shane Doan last weekend. Wisniewski has averaged nearly 25½ minutes per game for Anaheim this season.
"You don't win the Stanley Cup if you're not deep in talent," Koivu said. "They have some injuries, but they still have a lot of guys that can play the game and they play well as a team. They wait for mistakes. Tonight, it looked like we didn't even make mistakes, and they capitalized on a couple of shots from the point. That's the sign of a good team."
Letang's first goal of the season put the Penguins ahead 2-1 during a delayed penalty on the Ducks, but Perry tied it six minutes later in the second period when two defenders couldn't stop him from slamming a rebound underneath Fleury.
Goligoski's fourth goal in five games evolved after a prolonged sequence in which the Ducks twice missed easy opportunities to clear the puck from their zone, but Koivu answered 19 seconds later while sliding out from behind Fleury's net.
Just 59 seconds after that, Dupuis scored on another long shot through traffic, giving him goals in two straight games after getting just one in the Penguins' first 13 games.
"Everybody's working hard in front of the net," Hiller said. "I'll have to look at it again and see who was screening me, if it was their guy or our guy. I lost [the fourth goal] on its way. I have to do a better job of finding the puck."
The Honda Center crowd gave a warm ovation to Chris Kunitz, a member of the Ducks' Stanley Cup-winning team in 2007. Kunitz was traded to Pittsburgh in February for defenseman Ryan Whitney. ... Bylsma also played four seasons with the Ducks. ... Anaheim RW Bobby Ryan played in his 100th NHL game.
ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 3: George Parros #16 of the Anaheim Ducks warms up prior to the game against the...(Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
|Arena: Honda Center
Location: Anaheim, California
|Referees: Chris Lee, Stephen Walkom|
Linesmen: Jean Morin, Lyle Seitz
|Attendance: 16,128 (93.9% full)|
Team Stat Comparison
|0||Power Play Goals||0|
|6||Power Play Opportunities||2|
|27||Shots on Goal||29|
|3:57||Corey Perry (9)
Assist: Scott Niedermayer
|2:39||Mike Rupp (4)
Assists: Tyler Kennedy, Jay McKee
|10:02||Kris Letang (1)
Assists: Brooks Orpik, Matt Cooke
|16:01||Corey Perry (10)
Assists: Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan
|7:55||Alex Goligoski (6)
Assists: Tyler Kennedy, Jordan Staal
|8:14||Saku Koivu (2)
Assist: Teemu Selanne
|9:13||Pascal Dupuis (3)
Assists: Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang
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