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Jokinen, Fleury lead Penguins past Avs 3-2 in SO

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Their stars were spectators on this night and the Pittsburgh Penguins still managed to cool off the Colorado Avalanche.

Jussi Jokinen skated across the front of the crease and roofed a shot over sprawling goalie Semyon Varlamov to give the Penguins a 3-2 win in a shootout on Sunday night.

After Jokinen's goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made a pad save on Gabriel Landeskog's shot, snapping Colorado's six-game winning streak and denying Varlamov franchise records for most home and overall wins in a season.

Colorado coach Patrick Roy said his team might have taken the Penguins lightly after seeing Sydney Crosby and Chris Kunitz joining center Evgeni Malkin (foot) in street clothes, leaving Pittsburgh without its top three scorers.

"Tonight when we saw Crosby not in the lineup, Kunitz not in the lineup, on and on, I think it was a normal reaction to say, 'Hey, we have an easier game tonight,'" Roy said.

Locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Penguins sat several of their regulars. Crosby missed his first game of the season because of an unspecified injury. He has never played all 82 games in a season. They also were without defensemen Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta, scratched with unspecified injuries, just like Kunitz.

"I probably would have done the same," Roy said. "We're thinking of doing the same at the end depending where we are in the standings. We're going to rest Varly probably the last two games. Absolutely not (offended). I think they did what was the right thing for their team. The only sad part there's a lot of people coming here to see Sidney Crosby play. That's fine, that's part of our business."

Landeskog had mixed feelings about Crosby sitting this one out.

"Of course he's the best player in the league," Landeskog said. "I would have liked playing against him. But at the same time he took a slap shot off my knee the last time we played against him."

The Penguins played with precision and poise despite having nothing on the line and a bevy of backups.

"Yeah we did," Brandon Sutter after posting his first multiple-goal game of the season. "We didn't have a great game last night (a 4-0 loss at Minnesota) but to come back here 24 hours later and play the way we did was great, especially with the lineup we had. Everyone played well, top to bottom. You give guys an opportunity it's amazing what can happen. A lot of guys played great, especially our goaltender. He was awesome."

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