It might be delicious irony that Pittsburgh Penguins winger Kasperi Kapanen broke the longest cold spell of his NHL career in the desert. He will never again play in the Gila River Arena and he left with a goal.
Kapanen, 25, hasn’t scored since Jan. 23 against Winnipeg. It’s been a long, lonely road since that goal including one healthy scratch that could have been more if not for Brock McGinn’s upper-body injury.
Kapanen scored his 10th goal of the season as the Penguins dominated zone time and the puck against the Arizona Coyotes. Despite 19 shots on net in the first period, the Penguins didn’t score. The Penguins didn’t score until Jeff Carter zipped a pass across the slot and Kapanen raced to the far post.
Kapanen tapped the puck into the net and a jubilant celebration followed. Kapanen also kissed his stick in relief.
The goalless drought…the long, long 20-game Kasperi Kapanen goalless drought is over.