Zatkoff, Penguins blank Blue Jackets

Updated: November 2, 2013

Columbus, OH ( – Jeff Zatkoff pitched a shutout for his
first career win to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-0 victory over the
Columbus Blue Jackets in the back end of a home-and-home set Saturday.

The 26-year-old Zatkoff, playing in just his third game, stopped 19 shots to
help the Penguins beat the Jackets for the second time in as many nights as
the team took a 4-2 win in Pittsburgh on Friday.

“I just think the more you play the more experience you get,” said Zatkoff.
“The guys played great tonight and I didn’t have to face too many shots. They
did a good job of locking things down.”

Deryk Engelland, Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen all lit the lamp for
Pittsburgh, which has won four straight following a three-game losing streak.

Curtis McElhinney gave up two goals on 26 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have
dropped their past three.

“I think it came down to they were skating and there seemed to be more urgency
in their game,” said Columbus head coach Todd Richards. “We got off of our
game and started turning pucks over. When you do that against a team like
that, they’ll make you pay.”

The game was scoreless until 6:46 into the second period when the Penguins
took the lead as Joe Vitale swept a pass from the right corner boards to the
slot where Engelland one-timed the puck into the right corner of the net for
his second of the year.

Pittsburgh caught a break to score its second goal as Kunitz skated down the
right wing and from the boards he threw the puck out front. Blake Comeau
stretched his stick out in an attempt to push it away, but it went into the
net and Kunitz was credited with his eighth goal of the year.

Jokinen sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final minute of play.

Game Notes

It was announced by the NHL on Saturday that Columbus will host the 2015 All-
Star festivities … Pittsburgh plays in New York against the Rangers on
Wednesday … Columbus hosts Ottawa on Tuesday … The Penguins have won five
of the last six games against the Blue Jackets … Neither team scored on the
power play as Pittsburgh had three chances and Columbus two.