PITTSBURGH — Generally, hockey teams don’t like to trail by two or three goals. Generally speaking, neither do the Pittsburgh Penguins, though the Penguins have rallied from multi-goal deficits in each of their last three games and have won two including a two-goal rally and 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night at PPG Paint Arena.
“I don’t think we’re playing bad,” said Penguins hero Bryan Rust regarding their early deficits.
Bad may be a subjective word, but the Penguins haven’t been good, either.
The Penguins pressed for a goal in the second period. They lost their patience, and the defensive duo of Justin Schultz and Marcus Pettersson were primarily on the hook for the pair of Chicago goals. Schultz’s pinch on the first Chicago goal was egregious and set up a four-on-one. You don’t see many of those, for a good reason.
The four-on-one became a two-on-none, and Murray was helpless as Dominik Kubalik (4) tapped the puck into the net.
“We haven’t had the best starts to games, and that’s something we need to work on here,” said Jared McCann, who scored the shootout winner. “We pulled it together. We’ve been grinding.”
Less than two minutes later, the Penguins again got caught and yielded another odd-man rush.