Penguins win seventh in a row despite depleted lineup


Goaltender Tomas Vokoun picked up his 300th victory and coach Dan Bylsma became the fastest coach to reach 200 victories as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 Monday night.

The Penguins entered game with 21 victories in their last 23 games; their 21 wins during that span is more victories than 12 NHL teams have won all season.

March 19, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke (24) on the ice against the Washington Capitals during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

While the Senators seemed more interested in getting revenge on Matt Cooke for what he did to their All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson, the Penguins just continued to play their game and ended up scoring first.

Dustin Jeffrey registered his third goal of the season to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. They didn’t settle for that, as they went back to work and got another goal. Jarome Iginla would score his 13th of the season off a pass from Brenden Morrow.

The Penguins were in the penalty box for much of the second period as the Senators had five power plays, but were unable to score on any of them.

The Senators were finally able to score on the power play in the third period making it 2-1. The goal was scored by Patrick Wiercioch, his fifth of the season.

But the Penguins would add another one to get their lead back to two. Tyler Kennedy scored his sixth of the year, set up by who else but Cooke.

The Penguins will look to continue their good play as they play the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center.