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?