Penguins-Blue Jackets Preview
They'll get a chance to do it again Saturday night at Columbus as they try to complete a home-and-home sweep against their new Metropolitan Division foes.
The Penguins (10-4-0) last went six games without scoring four regulation goals from Dec. 29-Jan. 11, 2012, and lost all six.
This year, they came out of such a stretch with a 3-3-0 record before breaking out for four in the first 25:34 of Friday's 4-2 win.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves, and allowed two or fewer goals for the ninth time in 12 starts. He leads the league with 10 wins for the first-place Penguins.
"We gave them way too many chances to play in our end," Pittsburgh center Brandon Sutter said. "You've got to look at Flower and how he played. He did a great job for us."
But Friday was just the third time Fleury has faced 30 shots.
"I think the team has done a good job of limiting the opportunities in front of him," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the team's official website. "Allowing him to make that save and be solid in net. We've kept scoring chances down. I think we've done a good job of that in a lot of the games to this point. Shot totals have been down."
Chris Kunitz opened the scoring at 7:11 of the first period. He has goals in three straight games and the Penguins are 7-0 in games he's scored.
Sutter, Kris Letang and rookie Jayson Megna also tallied for Pittsburgh, which has won three in a row after losing three straight. Sidney Crosby recorded an assist to push his point total to an NHL-leading 22.
Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky was replaced by Curtis McElhinney early in the second period after allowing three goals on 13 shots.
Bobrovsky, who has lost six of his last eight starts overall, has a 5.62 goals-against average in his last five games against Pittsburgh, including a playoff appearance while with Philadelphia.
It was the second straight loss for the Blue Jackets after they outscored opponents 12-4 during a three-game win streak. Columbus allowed two early second-period goals in their 4-3 loss to Anaheim Sunday after taking a 1-0 lead into the dressing room.
"The start of (the second) periods haven't been our best," Johansen said. "We've got to find ways to win 60-minute games."
The Penguins have won four of five against the Blue Jackets, scoring at least four goals four times in that span. Crosby has three goals and eight assists during a six-game point streak versus Columbus.