Tanner Pearson is back in training at the expense of Teddy Blueger, who gets scratched.
Because it's the Devils, they have to be tough on the Penguins. And they score just 2:15 when Matt Cullen is kicked out of the faceoff circle and as New Jersey wins, he passes the puck and Jesper Bratt once by Matt Murray to take the score to 1-0.
Fortunately, the pens recover it quickly enough. Sidney Crosby creates a great game behind the net (a phrase that has been written a couple of times before) to find Zach Aston-Reese coming home with Keith Kinkaid.
Then, not so long when Phil Kessel is forced to play in defense and he can not handle the puck properly and Marcus Johansson jumps on him, turns him over, makes a quick reverse to lift the puck. 2-1 NJD.
Pens get a power play (good job Pearson) and even the game. After some sloppy games of the first group, the second line is won and Nick Bjugstad scored a goal at 2-2.
Shots for the period end at 12-11 NJD by one.
The pens come out loud with a great time here. The shots on goal are only 9-8 in Pittsburgh, but it seemed that the chances were about 14-2 and that almost all the play was taking place in Jersey. Finally, halfway through the period, Pittsburgh broke through the defense.
Jake Guentzel skated the puck from one ocean to the other, rushing behind his net, diving and dodging all NJ players, centering a pass on Bryan Rust. Rust quickly fired a shot that, in one way or another, hit the top of Kinkaid's skater and fell into the net. After apparently making a thousand good saves against the Pens this season, he is happy to see that his luck finally runs out. 3-2.
2:30 before the end of the period, they get another key goal with Chad Ruhwedel for the countdown, which allows a decisive blow to get hurt and see how to avoid Kinkaid and stay under the bar. 4-2.
Excellent start Pens to take control of the game and stand out.
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Kessel was penalized by a penalty: he is eliminated quite easily, although Nico Hischier takes a honest look at the net, but hits the outside of the post.
About 5 minutes later, the Devils earned a goal after taking a faceoff. Miles Wood and Brian Dumoulin compete on the ice at full speed. Wood barely changes a net that sneaks under Murray's trap. Yuck. 4-3
Jersey has a little momentum, but it stops when Dumoulin moves away from the game with 2:51 to go. Call the referee to take the heck in this situation, the pens do not score, but they are able to spend more time on the outside and that is what happens.
Pittsburgh wins a 4-3 win on the road.
The inclusion of Pearson in the training was controversial, but after two healthy scratches, it was probably time to see what he had learned and could offer. And to his credit, he was good! Pearson carried out a scrupulous check with a quick stick to break a chance and start a two-on-one race for Pittsburgh. He took a penalty kick that led to Bjugstad's PPG. Some good times for the last six.
- In fact, the fourth line was on the ice and stood out positively. Loved the game of Cullen and Dominik Simon too.
- Bjugstad created another left-wing goal on the power play for the second straight game. Kessel is struggling to do a lot of positive things in numerical superiority … Hard to pick a guy who has so much success (and one of the league's best scorers in PP) ice cream, but Bjugstad plays so At some point, one might think that this must be a kind of consideration.
The return of Aston-Reese from the formation could not have been better than today. Also told, it's great to see his family (from Staten Island) doing just about every game in the New York / New Jersey area and it seems as if he's scoring ahead of them every time.
- As seen from Ruhwedel's goal, the Pens used their points all night long. The left shot – right shot seems to really work and help to get fast and accurate passes in the offensive zone and change the angle of the attack. The up-and-down look is still crucial for suppressing defenses – but especially for a Pittsburgh team with star centers that have the ability to play and the vision to often use their defenders.
- So happy not to have to see NJ for at least 8 more months until next season. The pens finish 1 to 3 of the season against a bad team that seems to make them worse. Fortunately, everything is over now.
- 10 different points for pens by 10 different players. Do not see it every day. Nice team effort balanced in this game.
It's good to win the 2 points of the ranking, no one has been hurt and it's time to move on. Quietly, the Pens have won 4 of their last 5 games. But it will be a tough test the next time they go home and see the San Jose Sharks strong team on Thursday night.