David Perron had two goals and an assist while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for five helpers in the Penguins 7-2 rout of the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night.
Paul Martin, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang each had a goal and an assist in the win.
Marcel Goc and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh.
Jonas Brodin and Justin Fontaine had the Wild goals.
Minnesota has now gone six straight games without a win.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter could be facing supplemental discipline for his elbow to the head of Penguins forward Steve Downie. Suter has a phone hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Niklas Backstrom was pulled after allowing six goals on 35 shots. John Curry made one save in relief.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots to improve to 22-7-4 on the season.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has a phone hearing for his elbow to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Steve Downie.
The hit occurred early in the second period and Downie did not return to the game.
“I reached for the puck and kind of poked it and then… I hope he’s alright obviously,” said Suter post-game. “That’s not the type of player I am. It was kind of a flukey thing. He kind of just brushed my arm, my elbow as he went by. I poked for it (the puck) and then I went to get my stick. I just hope he’s alright. That’s not the type of player I am. I personally never want to see anyone get hurt.
“I’m skating backwards. It was unintentional.”
Suter said he had a word with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby at the end of the second period.
“I just told him ‘Sid you know what kind of guy I am’ and he said ‘yeah’. So I just asked him to say sorry and hopefully he’s alright,” said Suter.
Suter was not penalized on the play. He has not received supplemental discipline previously.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery tomorrow the club announced.
Maatta has not played since a Dec. 6 game against the Ottawa Senators. He attempted a rehab program, but it was determined that surgery was the best option the team said in a release.
Maatta has battled the mumps and had a cancerous tumor removed this season.
He had one goal and eight assists in 20 games.
Kris Letang gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-1 lead midway through the third period tonight.
Letang’s ninth of the season from David Perron and Sidney Crosby ended Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom’s night early.
Backstrom allowed six goals on 35 shots. John Curry came on in relief.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter delivered an elbow to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie early in the second period tonight.
Downie left under his own strength, but has not returned to the game.
Suter did not get a penalty on the play.
Here is a look at the hit: