FLA Florida Panthers 1
Florida Panthers Panthers Overall (17-24)
ATS (17-24)
O/U (23-15-3)
January 08 2019
- TVAS
PIT Pittsburgh Penguins 5
Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins Overall (24-19)
ATS (20-23)
O/U (19-19-5)
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Puck Line ATS
123
2447 Florida Panthers +160 Under -110 (+1.5) -165 UNDER: 6
010
2448 Pittsburgh Penguins -180 Over -110 (-1.5) +145 Cover: 2.5
221
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Puck Line ATS
2447 FLA +160 Under: -110 (+1.5) -165 UNDER: 6
2448 PIT -180 Over: -110 (-1.5) +145 Cover: 2.5
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
1/8/2019
3:30 AM
PIT
-180
FLA
+160
1/8/2019
3:15 AM
PIT
-180
FLA
+160
1/8/2019
3:03 AM
PIT
-185
FLA
+165
1/8/2019
1:45 AM
PIT
-185
FLA
+165
1/7/2019
7:27 PM
PIT
-185
FLA
+165
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
1/8/2019
3:30 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+145
FLA
-165
1/8/2019
3:15 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+145
FLA
-165
1/8/2019
3:03 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+145
FLA
-165
1/8/2019
1:45 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+145
FLA
-165
1/7/2019
7:27 PM
PIT(-1.5)
+140
FLA
-160
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
1/8/2019
3:30 AM

-110

-110
1/8/2019
3:15 AM

-105

-115
1/8/2019
3:03 AM

-105

-115
1/8/2019
1:45 AM

-110

-110
1/7/2019
7:27 PM

-110

-110
Recap

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray tries to keep it simple. Show up for work. Try to improve a little bit each day. Don't get too high or too low.

Yes, it's boring. It's also highly effective for a player who has regained his confidence and swagger just in time to re-establish his team as one of the league's best.

Murray stopped 36 shots in a 5-1 victory over Florida on Tuesday night to improve to 8-0 since returning from a lower-body injury. Shaky and uncertain in October and November, the 24-year-old has responded with the arguably the best stretch of his career, heady territory considering he already has a pair of Stanley Cup rings.

Murray has a 1.24 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage during the unbeaten run that began on Dec. 15. While occasionally sloppy play by his teammates kept Murray plenty busy against the Panthers, he hardly appeared bothered while pushing the Penguins to their ninth win in their last 10 games.

"It'd be nice to have a few more games where you don't give them that many grade-A chances where guys are in all alone and forcing him to make the saves he had to make consistently," said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who picked up his 20th goal of the season. "But it was one of those games he played great again."

It was a level of play Murray lacked during the opening two months. He was 4-5-1 with a 4.08 goals against in his first 11 appearances before a lingering lower-body injury sent him to injured reserve in mid-November. Casey DeSmith played solidly in Murray's place and the Penguins didn't exactly rush Murray back into net once he was medically cleared.

Yet any notion of a goaltending controversy has evaporated. Murray has reasserted himself as the starter. While the Panthers controlled play for long stretches, Murray kept them at bay to keep Florida winless in its last seven trips to Pittsburgh.

"Give their goalie credit, he played really well," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "Ours didn't."

Florida's Roberto Luongo surrendered goals to Tanner Pearson and Bryan Rust in the first game's first 3:03 was pulled after giving up four goals over the first 29 minutes, including short-handed scores by Rust and Riley Sheahan in the second that pushed Pittsburgh's advantage to 4-0. Luongo finished with 12 saves on 16 shots before being removed in favor of James Reimer.

Aaron Ekblad's goal late in the second period gave him 62 in his career — the most ever by a Florida defenseman — but the Panthers never recovered from the early deficit.

"Obviously, we try to prepare as best as we possibly can," Ekblad said. "It's on us as the leadership group to get the room ready, have the room prepared to play each night. We haven't done that. It's been guys, including myself, in the leadership group that haven't got the job done early in games."

The Penguins saw their season-high eight-game winning streak end Sunday night against Chicago but wasted little time getting back on track.

Pearson took a slick pass off the boards by Marcus Pettersson and raced down the right side before slipping the puck between Luongo's legs 1:29 into the game. Rust doubled the lead 94 seconds later, collecting a feed from Jake Guentzel in front of Luongo and deking by the goaltender before tumbling into the net.

The Panthers pressed in an effort to draw even but Murray kept Pittsburgh's lead intact, including a stop on a short-handed breakaway by Colton Sceviour near the end of a busy first period in which Murray faced 15 shots.

"If a team gets chances on our power play it's usually a turnover, 2-on-1, something like that, so it happens. You've got to be ready for that," Murray said.

While Pittsburgh's electric power play looked listless, the penalty killers made up for it. Matt Cullen and Rust broke in 2-on-2, a sequence that ended with Cullen hitting Rust in front of the net and Rust beating Luongo to make it 3-0 just 3:04 into the second. Sheahan pushed it to 4-0 less than six minutes later when he stripped the puck from Florida's Keith Yandle, skated high into the Florida zone and whipped a wrist shot from the slot over Luongo's glove for Pittsburgh's 10th short-handed goal of the season.

"I think we're trying to skate a little bit more, trying to be a little bit more aggressive up ice," Rust said. "And I guess (the goals) are just a product of that."

NOTES: The last time the Penguins had multiple short-handed goals in a game was on March 29, 2016 against Buffalo. ... Florida fell to 9-11-2 on the road. ... Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist left in the first period and did not return after getting hit with a puck. ... Crosby has 20 goals in 12 seasons, tying a franchise record set held by team owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. ... Both teams went 0 for 4 on the power play.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Continue a five-game road swing on Thursday in Edmonton.

Penguins: Begin a five-game West Coast trip on Friday in Anaheim.

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Matchup
Panthers Overall
W/L 17-24
ATS 17-24
Goals For 3.2
Goals Against 3.6
Total 23-15-3
Panthers Away
W/L 9-13
ATS 11-11
Goals For 3.0
Goals Against 3.9
Total 13-8-1
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Penguins Overall
W/L 24-19
ATS 20-23
Goals For 3.5
Goals Against 2.9
Total 19-19-5
Penguins Home
W/L 13-10
ATS 10-13
Goals For 3.6
Goals Against 3.1
Total 10-9-4
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Game Summary
1st Period
PIT 18:31 GOAL scored by Tanner Pearson assisted by Marcus Pettersson and Patric HornqvistFLA 0 PIT 1
PIT 16:57 GOAL scored by Bryan Rust assisted by Jake Guentzel and Sidney CrosbyFLA 0 PIT 2
FLA 12:50 Penalty to Denis Malgin 2 minutes for High Sticking (Drawn by Matt Cullen)
FLA 1:03 Penalty to Jared McCann 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Dominik Simon)
2nd Period
PIT 17:34 Penalty to Dominik Simon 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Denis Malgin)
PIT 16:56 Shorthanded - GOAL scored by Bryan Rust assisted by Matt Cullen and Brian DumoulinFLA 0 PIT 3
FLA 14:42 Penalty to Jonathan Huberdeau 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Tanner Pearson)
PIT 11:51 Penalty to Jack Johnson 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Frank Vatrano)
PIT 11:04 Shorthanded - GOAL scored by Riley SheahanFLA 0 PIT 4
FLA 11:04 Panthers replaced goalie. (James Reimer)
PIT 8:58 Penalty to Sidney Crosby 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Bogdan Kiselevich)
FLA 8:58 Penalty to Bogdan Kiselevich 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Sidney Crosby)
FLA 2:58 Penalty to MacKenzie Weegar 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Marcus Pettersson)
PIT 2:58 Penalty to Marcus Pettersson 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by MacKenzie Weegar)
FLA 00:44 GOAL scored by Aleksander Barkov Jr. assisted by Aaron Ekblad and Evgenii DadonovFLA 1 PIT 4
3rd Period
PIT 16:32 Penalty to Zachary Aston-Reese 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Frank Vatrano)
PIT 14:11 Penalty to Zachary Aston-Reese 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Colton Sceviour)
FLA 14:11 Penalty to Colton Sceviour 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Zachary Aston-Reese)
FLA 7:36 Penalty to Jayce Hawryluk 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Jack Johnson)
PIT 6:47 Penalty to Kris Letang 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Aaron Ekblad)
PIT 6:19 GOAL scored by Sidney Crosby assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Marcus PetterssonFLA 1 PIT 5
Box Score
Panthers
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Aleksander Barkov (C) 101400:0021:35
Evgenii Dadonov (LW) 011200:0017:47
Colton Sceviour (RW) 000215:0014:23
Frank Vatrano (C) 000510:0014:29
Denis Malgin (C) 000302:0016:48
Jayce Hawryluk (C) 000102:0010:40
Jared McCann (C) 000202:0015:09
Jonathan Huberdeau (LW) 000412:008:27
Mike Hoffman (LW) 000210:008:11
Troy Brouwer (RW) 000300:0013:06
Henrik Borgstrom (LW) 000300:0018:53
Juho Lammikko (RW) 000000:0014:21

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Bogdan Kiselevich (D) 000012:0020:00
Aaron Ekblad (D) 011430:0024:35
Michael Matheson (D) 000000:0022:37
Mark Pysyk (D) 000110:0019:05
MacKenzie Weegar (D) 000115:0021:22
Keith Yandle (D) 000000:008:32

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
James Reimer (G) 14/151.933
Roberto Luongo (G) 12/164.750LOSS
Penguins
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Riley Sheahan (C) 101100:0010:17
Matt Cullen (C) 011000:0012:53
Derick Brassard (C) 000110:0015:34
Jake Guentzel (C) 011210:0019:47
Sidney Crosby (C) 112712:0020:44
Phil Kessel (RW) 000200:0017:17
Tanner Pearson (LW) 101120:0013:53
Bryan Rust (RW) 202410:0017:44
Evgeni Malkin (C) 011500:0019:56
Patric Hornqvist (RW) 011100:003:17
Dominik Simon (C) 000002:0014:41
Zachary Aston-Reese (C) 000207:008:00

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Olli Maatta (D) 000120:0019:26
Juuso Riikola (D) 000120:0015:16
Brian Dumoulin (D) 011240:0020:12
Marcus Pettersson (D) 022005:0014:49
Jack Johnson (D) 000022:0018:15
Kris Letang (D) 000162:0028:15

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Matt Murray (G) 36/371.973WIN
Casey DeSmith (G) 0/00.000
Officials
Linesmen Tony Sericolo
Linesmen Tyson Baker
Referee Francois St Laurent
Referee Tom Chmielewski