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Penguins Postgame Chat: Puustinen, Friedman, and What Penguins did Right

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The Pittsburgh Penguins had a great first period, a vanishing act in the second, and surged past a lackluster Vegas Golden Knights team in the third for a 5-2 win at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.

Mike Matheson and Mark Friedman scored goals as late trailers, who slipped past the Vegas forwards undetected.

“He always seems to be involved in something,” Carter said of Friedman, who also drew coincedental roughing penalties with William Carrier in the second. “He’s aggressive, he’s not shying away from anybody.”

Jeff Carter and Evan Rodrigues (EN) scored goals to add more secondary scoring.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now editor-in-chief Dan Kingerski joined 93-7 host Paul Zeise following the Penguins win. Dan broke down what the Penguins did well, from activating defensemen to open space to outworking the Vegas Golden Knights in the third.

He also helped Paul pronounce Valterri Puustinen. (Poos-ten-en), who made his NHL debut and earned his first assist.

The Penguins underwent several lineup changes. Kasperi Kapanen and Dominik Simon were healthy scratches. Brian Dumoulin was also a scratch with a non-COVID illness.

At the end, Paul also got Dan’s thoughts on Ron Hextall’s morning press conference, and Hextall’s comment that “even Wayne Gretzky was traded.” Could the Pittsburgh Penguins deal prospects and a first-round pick? Could the Penguins say goodbye to Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin after the season?

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Katz
Katz
2 months ago

To anyones knowledge was there a meeting between Sullivan and management? Because I’m not sure Sullivan in his own volition would have made these changes. Anyway if Sullivan now is finally ready to swallow the Red pill and bring in younger players and healthy scratch Simon, I for one am ready to get optimistic. OMG is he ready to add some physicality also? Did an intervention occur?

Dan Kingerski
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Haven’t I already dispelled this silly notion by listing the long list of young players who have earned a chance with Sullivan, including John Marino, Drew O’Connor, Teddy Blueger, Zach Aston-Reese, and on and on… When a kid can help them win, the kid plays.

Wasnt
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

I think Katz is saying anyone but Simon. Friedman really isn’t a physical presence but more of a pest who might get killed when teams figure him out, kind of like what Philly did to him.

Katz
Katz
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

It took an awful lot to finally sit Simon. Really the irrational love affair is far longer than this season alone. Do you think O’Connor has had an opportunity to show himself? I just think Sullivan may finally realize that change needs to occur and 3 First Round exits do not lie. Hopefully he’s adapting to a new reality.

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
2 months ago

All that said please tell what Kapanen brings to the table on this team?

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