Hockey / Sports

Penguins suffer another surprise loss

DALLAS -- The Pittsburgh Penguins absorbed their second humbling loss of the week on Saturday night as Dallas beat them, 3-0, at American Airlines Center.

Florida spanked them, 5-1, at Consol Energy Center on Monday night.

Neither the Stars nor the Panthers currently hold a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The loss dropped the Penguins' record to 36-14-2, although they still hold a seven-point lead over second-place Boston in the Eastern Conference standings.

Forward Andrew Ebbett returned to the Penguins' lineup after missing 21 games because of a broken ankle.

Penguins alum Sergei Gonchar beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury through a Shawn Horcoff screen during a power play at 15:02 of the opening period to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.

The goal was just the second in 46 games for Gonchar and marked the fourth time in the past five games the Penguins have spotted their opponent a 1-0 lead.

Another former Penguins defenseman, Alex Goligoski, made the second Dallas goal possible.

He fed a cross-ice pass to Jamie Benn, who threw it past Fleury from low in the right circle at 3:14 of the second period.

The goal was scored at the same time a roughing penalty to Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was expiring.

Rich Peverley made it 3-0 when Horcoff stripped Penguins center Evgeni Malkin of the puck in the neutral zone, triggering a sequence that ended with Rich Peverley throwing a shot over Fleury's glove from above the right dot.

The Penguins will return home to face Buffalo at Consol Energy Center on Monday at 7:38 p.m. before heading west for games against Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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