Though in hindsight it’s exhausting to think about, again within the early-to-mid Nineties the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr Penguins had been routinely outshot by much less gifted opponents. However whereas our foes did a lot of the taking pictures, we did a lot of the scoring.
Final evening’s 4-1 conquest of Boston at PPG Paints Enviornment jogged my memory very a lot of these days. The Bruins pounded 43 photographs at Tristan Jarry (who was completely Pensational) however our guys did the entire harm.
Publicly known as out by their coach, Bruce Cassidy, following a listless 4-0 loss to the Rangers on Saturday, the Bruins received the message. They got here out loaded for bear (pun supposed), strafing Jarry with a whopping 20 first-period photographs on purpose and grabbing the early lead on a power-play purpose by Matt Grzelcyk.
For a time it appeared like our Pens…contemporary off a pair of simple wins over hapless Buffalo…had been in over their heads towards stiffer competitors.
Seems we had been solely enjoying possum.
Evan Rodrigues received us on the board at 16:51 of the opening body with an innocuous, knuckling shot from the highest of the left circle. The puck discovered its approach beneath Jaroslav Halak’s left arm, then proceeded to jangle off varied components of his gear earlier than spitting out between his pads and crossing the purpose line.
Hey, it appears to be like like a laser within the field rating.
Talking of lasers, Sidney Crosby struck with one from a pointy angle lower than two minutes later to stake the Pens to a 2-1 lead. The play typified Sid’s understated brilliance…he drove B’s defenseman and former Child Pens farmhand Jarred Tinordi to the within to create area for Jake Guentzel’s cross and his subsequent one-timer.
Subsequent it was Evgeni Malkin’s flip to shine. Engaged on a power-play halfway via the second interval, Geno circled the Bruins’ zone earlier than making himself accessible for a pointy cross-ice feed from Crosby. After digging the cross out of his skates, Malkin dusted the puck off and whipped it previous Halak to the glove aspect.
Down 3-1, the Bruins didn’t retreat into hibernation. On the contrary, they examined Jarry with a slew of Grade-A possibilities over the again half of the sport, together with a depraved one-timer by Nick Ritchie from the suitable circle within the closing minutes. A digital human spotlight reel, No. 35 stopped ‘em all. Setting the stage for Guentzel’s empty netter with 16 tics remaining.
Statistically talking, the Bruins dominated. They outshot the Pens, 43-26, received 57 p.c of the faceoffs and outhit us, 38-26. However we prevailed the place it issues most…on the scoreboard.
Malkin’s on fireplace. The massive Russian tallied a purpose and an help to increase his factors streak to eight video games. His numbers over that span…4 objectives, 12 factors and a plus-six. His purpose was his 1100th level, inserting 63rd on the NHL’s all-time record.
Crosby paced the black and gold with a purpose and two assists, working his factors streak to seven video games (4 objectives and 11 factors). Guentzel completed with a purpose and an help. His shoulder damage fortunately appears to be however a distant reminiscence.
Jarry is making the unbelievable appear de rigueur. Since his two disastrous begins towards Philly to open the season, he’s posted a really respectable .917 save share.
The highest defensive pairing of Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin has been a pressure. They completed the sport a collective plus-five with two assists. Our six-game profitable streak coincides with Dumoulin’s return to the lineup.
Within the more-good-news division, it appears like we received’t face Tuukka Rask in tonight’s rematch. Our long-time nemesis is out with an undisclosed damage.
The Pens presently maintain third place within the MassMutual East with 37 factors, good for a five-point edge over Boston and a six-point bulge over Philly. Each groups have two video games in hand.
We’re 7-1 in March.
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