The Pittsburgh Penguins are on a roll — a 10-game roll to be specific. Last night the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals by a score of 2-1 to bring their winning streak to a total of 10 games. The Capitals gave a honest effort and played like the desperate team they are, but it just wasn’t enough against the Penguins who ultimately wouldn’t be denied the win especially after killing a four-minute penalty in the third with Matt Niskanen‘s game-winning goal following shortly thereafter.
The bigger story, though, is Pittsburgh’s stretch of 10 wins. That’s quite an accomplishment when you consider that they’re one win away from tying and two away from beating the Chicago Blackhawks winning streak this season which ended with 11 for Chicago at the hands of the Minnesota Wild.
The Penguins can realistically surpass the Blackhawks’ record with the teams coming up on their schedule. They play the New York Islanders this coming Friday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The Islanders are currently right at 500 in the NHL standings (13-13-3, 29 points) while the Flyers right below them in the standings and last place in the Atlantic Division (13-16-1, 27 points). In their five-game series, the Penguins won two out of three against the Isles and also won two of three in their four-game series with the Flyers.
Let’s not count our chickens or jinx the Penguins. Regardless of whether or not they break the Blackhawks’ 11-wins run, it remains an outstanding accomplishment they’ve earned up to this point in the season with a good possibility of a few more.