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Gritty Penguins, Good Penguins: Report Card & Analysis vs. Jets (PHN+)



Pittsburgh Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored seven goals, and all but the last two were within a few feet of the goal line. Also, all of them were second and third opportunities, and all of them were scored by players 25-years-old and younger. The Penguins weren’t fluid or freewheeling, but they fought for pucks and earned their way to a 7-2 in over the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg Sunday night.

The Penguins scored 14 goals on their two-game road trip despite having an IR list, which has almost as much talent as the Penguins can put on the ice.

“We’re not trying to be as pretty,” said Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese.

Penguins rookie Sam Lafferty continued to make his case for an NHL sweater, and the Penguins blue line shuffle continued with a curious move to add Erik Gudbranson but on his off-side with rookie John Marino.

Dominik Simon was finally rewarded for the cumulative effect of little plays, and Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to six games. And the Penguins power play scored again, too. The team had reason to share Lafferty’s toothy smile.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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