Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/22/14
Matt Niskanen’s third-period goal Monday didn’t stand as his sixth winner of the season. Not hardly. It wasn’t even significant to the outcome. Not when the Penguins got smacked by the Florida Panthers, 5-1. But it was Niskanen’s seventh goal, matching his career high with 33 games remaining this season. Niskanen, 27, has rounded into a reliable, versatile defenseman for the Penguins, but he’s not categorized as an offensive defenseman. He has, however, developed a knack for getting shots through what can be a minefield of sticks, legs and bodies in front of the opposing goaltender. Going into a game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at Consol Energy Center, Niskanen has equaled the seven goals, 26 points he put up in a stellar rookie season (2007-08) with Dallas. He has at least one point in 12 of the Penguins’ past 14 games. He had no winning goals that rookie season, and only four through his first six seasons. His five this season have him leading the Penguins and all...
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