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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The numbers didnt look too promising for Jeff Zatkoff in his first two NHL games. He made up for them by putting up a zero in his third. Deryk Engelland, Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen scored and Zatkoff made 19 saves in his first NHL win to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past Columbus 3-0 Saturday night for their fourth victory in a row and second over the Blue Jackets in just over 24 hours. "Ive been waiting for a month now," Zatkoff said of his 0-2 record with a 5.06 goals-against average and a .818 save percentage. "It feels like a little weights off my shoulders. Its nice to be able to contribute to the team in the win column." The 26-year-old rookie made several big stops but wasnt very busy as the Blue Jackets squeezed off a season-low in shots. Zatkoff is backing up Marc-Andre Fleury while Tomas Vokoun recovers from preseason surgery. "Jeffs best numbers havent been obviously in the National Hockey League," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Hes been a solid guy. His numbers (in the minors) are outstanding. Tonight I thought there wasnt a ton of work at times in the game for him. But he looked comfortable and really solid." Engelland scored on a rapid-fire one-timer to stake Zatkoff to a lead in the second period before Kunitz picked up his eighth when a shot went in off a Blue Jackets stick in the third. Jokinen added an empty-netter. All anyone could talk about was Zatkoffs shutout and the way the defence played in front of him. "You could see the way the guys were blocking shots and stuff, really taking it upon themselves to play good defence for him," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. "And he made the saves that he had to. Were really happy for him." A crowd of 18,634, including thousands of Penguins fans, cheered wildly when it was announced during the first period that Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star weekend. Perhaps Zatkoffs best save came when he blocked Dalton Prouts hard shot from close range at 8:32 of the third period that would have cut the margin to a goal. It did not appear that Zatkoff knew he was sitting on the puck in the crease. Kunitz made it 2-0 just 47 seconds into the third period on a fluky goal. Before taking a hard check from defenceman Jack Johnson at the right end of the goal line, Kunitz swept the puck toward the goal -- where there were no teammates. But it ricocheted off the stick of trailing Columbus winger Blake Comeau and found the net. Curtis McElhinney, getting his second start for the Blue Jackets, looked to the rafters in exasperation. The game marked the second night in a row that the teams had met. In Pittsburgh on Friday night, the Penguins manhandled the Blue Jackets 4-2 as Fleury was staked to a 4-0 lead and made it stand up with 37 saves. Columbus Sergei Bobrovsky, the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHLs top goalie last year, was pulled in favour of McElhinney after giving up three goals on 13 shots. After a scoreless first period Saturday night, the Penguins scored at the 6:46 mark of the second. Joe Vitale won a puck battle against two Blue Jackets along the wall, then skated to the right corner and saucered a centring pass to Engelland, who unloaded a one-timer from the lower right circle. McElhinney, who stopped 23 other shots, had no chance of stopping it. "Joe just put it right in the wheelhouse," Engelland said of his second goal of the season. "I wasnt picking a corner or anything, but it found its way in." The loss, which touched off a four-game homestand, was the third in a row for Columbus after winning three straight. "(The Penguins) were skating and seemed to have more desperation and urgency in their game," Columbus coach Todd Richards said, comparing the second meeting with the one a night earlier. Even as the game progressed, Zatkoff said he tried not to even think about the possibility of a shutout for his first win. "I tried to block that out and go with the process," he said. "It sounds kind of cheesy but I was worrying about every shot and trying not to look at the scoreboard." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Blue Jackets director of hockey operations John Davidson appeared on the arena monitors over centre ice during a first-period break to announce that the 2015 All-Star Game weekend was coming to Columbus. The 2013 event was supposed to be held at Nationwide Arena, but that was cancelled by the lockout. NOTES: The Penguins play home-and-home games on back-to-back nights three times this season; this was the only such pairing all season for the Blue Jackets. ... Pittsburgh had not played in Columbus since a 7-2 victory on Dec. 4, 2010, victory. ... The Blue Jackets had several points streaks end: James Wisniewski (5), Nick Foligno (3) and Ryan Johansen (3). ... Crosby, leading the NHL in points with 22 coming in, assisted on Jokinens empty-netter to give him at least a point in 13 of the Penguins 15 games. They are 11-2 when he scores, 0-2 when he doesnt. Mitchell Trubisky Bears Jersey . General manager David Poile called signing Ribeiro a great opportunity to add a talented, experienced and creative centre Tuesday when he introduced the veteran at a news conference. Ribeiros contract is worth $1.05 million after being bought out of the final three years of a $22 million contract by the Coyotes recently. Richard Dent Womens Jersey . So true. It is one thing to create a winning football team, and another to keep it winning. Each and every week it changes. The NFL creates a unique interest of not who is "the best", but much more who is "the best this week". . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Bears Jersey . Theres little time for rest, too. The Flyers and Rangers play again Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Simmonds scored in the first period and twice more in the second for his first career post-season hat trick. Mason survived a busy first period and stopping 31 straight shots until Carl Hagelin scored late in the third. Mitchell Trubisky Womens Jersey . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell.Could Melky Cabrera come back to Toronto after all? The Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin reported Sunday that the Jays should “not yet be discounted in the chase for the 30-year-old free agent left fielder. Griffin reports that Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos set a price tag on Cabrera and that a lack of interest could potentially make the Jays’ offer to Cabrera the best once the market settles. Toronto submitted a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, which he rejected earlier this month. However, they are believed to have tabled a multi-year offer that stands while Cabrera tests free agent waters. Cabrera is looking to cash in on a solid season with the Jays after spending the last two years in Toronto on a relatively cheap $16 million (total) deal. Despite finishing the 2012 seasson with a .dddddddddddd346 average and earning the All-Star Game MVP Award, Cabrera was seen as a risky investment prior to 2013 due to serving a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs to conclude the campaign. The Jays snapped him up at $8 million per, and - after an injury-shortened 2013 – saw excellent production out of the Dominican. Cabrera hit .301 (ninth in the American League) with the Jays in 2014 and was just four shy of the team lead with 171 hits, despite missing 33 games to injury. He hit 16 home runs and drove in 73. A 10-year MLB veteran, Cabrera has a career slash line of .286/.339/.415. He has appeared in 1211 games with the Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. He has hit 88 career home runs and 520 RBI. ' ' '
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