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Watch: Kris Letang on Big Goal and 5th Straight Win



Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a subdued start to beat the Dallas 4-2 at PPG Paints Arena Friday night. The Penguins began to push for their second goal later in the second period but were otherwise stopped or missed the net until Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had to deke a defender. Then another defender. Finally, Letang had to fool Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin for an uplifting goal which sent the Penguins on the way to their fifth straight win.

“I was able to fake the shot and get them to go down. I think I had to do it twice,” Letang smiled. “I was trying to find the backdoor play but they played man-on-man, so it gave me room to go to the net.”

Letang did that and suddenly a lifeless building had a reason to cheer. And the Penguins team seized the momentum against Dallas, too. The Penguins began to dominate the game after Letang’s goal and Patric Hornqvist scored the goal which held up as the game-winner just a few minutes later.

However, the Penguins defenseman didn’t want to poke his team for lacking energy for the first half of the game.

“These are types of teams, especially with the (Western Conference), they’re big, physical teams and they play a really tight defensive game,” Letang said. “It’s tough to flow back and forth and get a lot of offense. They play well defensively.”

Letang correctly noted they were one of the best goal suppression teams in the NHL last season. Dallas decided not to lure the Penguins into an open game.

However, Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist also correctly noted about Letang, “That’s why he gets the big bucks.”

Letang also scored the empty-net goal, on an assist from Hornqvist.


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Matt Luda
Matt Luda
2 years ago

Enjoy it while you can, Pen pals. Malkin will be back in a couple or three weeks. Then we can go back to dumbass penalties and turnovers galore.

2 years ago

I was thinking about the win streak and how it’s almost fitting that the young guys + injuries (and the players left on the roster) will just listen and play the “simpler game” that HCMS preaches.

I almost want the injured players to trickle back and have this new / urgency style remain with the Pens for the entire year.

Unrealistic – I know.

But for one more night (at least), Tanger shows why he’s given a long leash than most other Stars, even on this star studded Pens team.