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Oilers Zoom Past Penguins, Letang & Dumoulin Struggle in 6-3 Loss

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EDMONTON, Alberta — Goals in the final minutes of a period are especially damaging. The Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-1) gave up a pair in the second period, and a two-goal lead quickly became a two-goal deficit. Edmonton Oilers (3-3-0) zoomed past the Penguins for a 6-3 win at Rogers Place.

The Penguins claimed a 3-1 lead early in the second period. Then took a short nap. For most of the second period, the Edmonton Oilers shelled the Penguins’ net, and the Penguins’ lead was gone after allowing 26 shots and four goals.

It was a record. Never before had the Edmonton Oilers had as many shots (26) in a period. Ever. That includes the Wayne Gretzky-led 1980s Oilers dynasty.

The Penguins got just four shots in the disastrous second period, including Bryan Rust’s bank-shot goal two minutes into the period.

Rust (3) tried to set up Jason Zucker in the slot, but the pass deflected back to Rust, who chipped the puck off the back of Edmonton goalie Jack Campbell. The Penguins led 3-1, but that was their last good feeling in the middle period.

Edmonton had four goals, including a fluky double-deflected power play goal that hit two Penguins before resting in the back of the net. Tyson Barrie (1) got credit for the goal that hit Penguins penalty killers Ryan Poehling and then Brian Dumoulin.

The Penguins and Jarry managed to hold the fort for most of the second, but everything went wrong in the final five minutes.

Later in the second period, Evander Kane (2) beat Brock McGinn off the wall, and Dumoulin wasn’t able to pick up coverage as Kane slipped a sneaky forehand to the short side.

With about 90 seconds remaining, three Penguins converged towards the defensive net, but no one covered Ryan Nugent-Hopkins just feet away. Nugent-Hopkins (3) quickly banged a pass past Jarry for the first Edmonton lead.

Then in the final 30 seconds of the second, Leon Draisaitl got behind Kris Letang, and Dumoulin whiffed as Draisaitl shoveled it past Jarry.

Total domination.

A 5-3 Edmonton lead.

The Penguins didn’t challenge in the third period, either.

Ryan McLeod was an uncovered trailer late in the third period for the clincher.

After outshooting Edmonton 19-9 in the first period (or close enough. Official scorers made a few changes throughout the game), the Penguins were outshot overall 47-34.

Pittsburgh Penguins Falter

Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid were among the top-five leading scorers in the NHL with 10 points. Surprisingly, McDavid was scoreless, but Crosby’s first-period goal gave him 11 points and third place.

Edmonton scored first for just the second time this season. In a first-period trend, Edmonton zipped behind the Penguins’ top-pairing defensemen. Before the game was five minutes old, Zach Hyman (2) had a clear breakaway and beat Tristan Jarry with a backhand deke.

However, the Penguins rallied with a power play goal and their own odd-man rush.

Midway through the first period, Rickard Rakell beautifully helmed the Penguins’ second power-play unit. Rakell took advantage of the Penguins’ quick puck work, stepped forward to the high slot, and ripped a snapshot past Edmonton goalie Jack Campbell.

Less than two minutes later, Edmonton inexplicably lost coverage on Sidney Crosby, who was the late trailer on a Penguins three-on-two break. Crosby (4) was open near the net and quickly slipped it past Campbell.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had won four of their first five games but suffered their first regulation loss. According to Penguins historian Bob Grove, it was the 18th time in Mike Sullivan’s tenure the Penguins had points in five straight games.

Dumoulin and Letang were each a minus-3 after the second period. No other Penguins player was more than minus-1 (Jeff Carter was given a minus on the sixth goal. He finished at minus-2).

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VanTresvant
VanTresvant
1 month ago

Dumoulin is finished

VanTresvant
VanTresvant
1 month ago

Letang58 new contract playing like he doesn’t need to impress any one…Pens D men look absolutely. HORRIBLE

VanTresvant
VanTresvant
1 month ago

Doumoulin has way too many miles on him…All those playoff games and regular season games and his age have finally caught up to him…Best thing he can do is RETIRE…

Phil
Phil
1 month ago
Reply to  VanTresvant

Wow absolutely ridiculous comment. Dumoulin is 31. And has plenty of game left. It’s one game. I think he will be fine. And the team will be fine first loss in regulation and your suggesting guys retire. Ridiculous!!!!

Eric
Eric
1 month ago
Reply to  VanTresvant

The sky is falling……the sky is falling

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Don’t overreact to one game. Ooops, I’m already too late!

Phil
Phil
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

Literally! Some in this fanbase need to calm down. Its 1 game. Also plus minus is a flawed stat. I dont rate any player performance specifically on plus minus. Although tonight was not a great performance. Edmonton is a very good team with elite talent. So take it for what it is 1 game in a long season. Plus first loss in regulation. Nothing to get upset about. These wont be the last either. Keep it into perspective.

Eric
Eric
1 month ago
Reply to  Phil

Phil, it can be flawed stat, however Dumo wasn’t that great.

Phil
Phil
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric

You are 100% right! But plus minus is a horrible stat. It should not be used ever. It does not adequately rate a players performance. It’s literally the worst statistic in sports! But yes dumoulin was bad tonight. But its 1 game! Not the end of the world. But last night was not all Brian dumoulin’s fault. But he played bad and that happens nobody is perfect. Need to look at the positives a player bring and live with negatives try to make adjustments to correct any errors. And limit the negatives but they happen sometimes. That’s what I do… Read more »

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
1 month ago

Again I say it’s not THAT they lost, it’s HOW they lost that is disturbing. There were a few moments of puck passing (too few) to gain the offensive zone that offered hope… maybe? As of now the Penguins do not have a strategy to defend their goal, why, it’s at least half of the game? I conclude that Sully et al and the coaching roster do not know how to do so …..

Alan Smith
1 month ago

Must of been ten times in the second period where they only touched the puck to have it not leave the zone. Never saw such a poor period played by any team! Difficult to watch!