Nedeljkovic Helps Penguins Shut Out Golden Knights, 3-0
Pittsburgh goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic makes a save against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)
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A Return to Form for Nedeljkovic
Pittsburgh Penguins’ goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made an impressive return from injury, stopping 37 shots to secure a shutout victory against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. This was Nedeljkovic’s first shutout of the season and the eighth of his career, marking a significant milestone for the talented goaltender.
Both Ryan Graves and Noel Acciari scored their first goals of the season and their first goals with Pittsburgh, contributing to the team’s 3-0 win. Evgeni Malkin added a late empty-net goal to seal the victory, further solidifying the Penguins’ dominant performance.
Impressive Streaks and Milestones
The game also saw notable achievements and streaks come to an end. Jake Guentzel continued an eight-game point streak with an assist, while Sidney Crosby and Erik Karlsson saw their lengthy point streaks come to a close. Crosby had been on an 11-game point streak, which was the third-longest active streak in the league, while Karlsson had been on an eight-game point streak, the longest among NHL defensemen.
Nedeljkovic’s return from a 10-game absence due to a lower-body injury was a cause for celebration for the Penguins. His standout performance was a testament to his resilience and skill as a goaltender, showcasing his importance to the team’s success.
The Penguins’ victory sets the stage for an exciting matchup as they prepare to host the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights will close out their five-game road trip with a game against the Dallas Stars, offering an opportunity for both teams to continue their pursuit of success in the NHL.
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