The Pittsburgh Penguins (14-8-4) needed a little warmup before they found their game and rhythm. After a sluggish first period, the Penguins flexed their superior talent and crisp game in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bryan Rust was against the Penguins’ spark plug as he crashed the net for the Penguins’ first goal.
From there, the Penguins raised their game. They scored three goals in the second period, two by Sidney Crosby, including a power play goal.
After missing a penalty shot in the second period, Teddy Blueger sealed the win with an empty netter.
“We know we’re a way better team than (the first period). So we just kind of had to respond and just kind of upped the ante a little bit,” Blueger said.
It’s the 5-Minute PHN Pittsburgh Penguins postgame from ice level at PPG Paints Arena with PHN Editor-in-Chief Dan Kingerski: