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Penguins ‘Measure’ Up, Jarry & Secondary Scoring Beat Hurricanes 4-2

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Pittsburgh Penguins game, 4-2 Carolina Hurricanes

Sidney Crosby scored an empty netter. Tristan Jarry withstood a 43-shot barrage with a few spectacular saves, and the Pittsburgh Penguins secondary scoring did its job as Brian Boyle and Danton Heinen lit the lamp. After two previous losses, the Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

Carolina’s top center Sebastian Aho scored with the extra attacker after Crosby (20) scored the EN goal. Then Zach Aston-Reese (2) salted the fields behind him with the Penguins second empty netter. The Penguins are now six points behind Carolina for the Metro Division lead.

The Penguins earned three points (1-1-1) against Carolina in the last three games, while Carolina earned four (2-1-0).

“We want to battle that team because they’re the top team, and they’re a good measuring stick for us. They’ve been good for the last few years. They’ve been the dangerous team. Their work ethic is probably the best. Just go into the game, and I have a good impression of yourself and bring a tough challenge,” Kris Letang said Saturday.

The Penguins may not have owned the play or even had the better of the shots or chances in the first period, but they got the only goal. Later in the first period, Teddy Blueger used Wayne Gretzky’s office as Brian Boyle charged to the net. Boyle (7) shed his defenders and was uncovered for the quick strike near the crease.

Carolina outshot the Penguins only 9-6 in the first period.

Jarry was the difference in the second period. Carolina had several Grade-A chances, but Jarry made a variety of saves, including a cat-quick kick save on Sebastian Aho during a Carolina power play.

Carolina goalie Antti Raanta was almost as good. Almost.

In the middle of the second period, Penguins winger Evan Rodrigues nearly stuffed a wraparound attempt across the line, but replays showed the puck didn’t entirely cross the line.

Later in the period, the Pittsburgh Penguins second line and “E-Rod” did get a score. Evgeni Malkin raced wide behind the Carolina defense, setting a quick chain of events in motion. As Malkin and Evan Rodrigues went to the net, Danton Heinen (13) neatly deflected Mike Matheson’s shot for a 2-0 Penguins lead.

Tristan Jarry was brilliant. Not even his own turnover in the final seconds of the second period could unravel his gem.

Pittsburg Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan shuffled his blue line for the first time in several months. Brian Dumoulin returned to the lineup but slotted on the second pair with John Marino. Mike Matheson remained on the top pair with Kris Letang, and Marcus Pettersson was a surprise scratch. Pettersson was briefly injured on Friday night after blocking a shot but returned to the game and practiced on Saturday. Chad Ruhwedel and Mark Friedman stayed together as the third pair.

Ruhwedel was injured on his first shift of the game when his face absorbed a clearing attempt that caromed off the glass. He left a little blood on the ice as he went to the room but returned several minutes later.

Evan Rodrigues led the Penguins with four shots. Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce led all players with seven.

Jarry stopped 41 of 43 shots. Raanta saw much less action but stopped 19 of 21.

Blueger (0-2-2) and Boyle (1-1-1) had two points each.

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Alan Smith
2 months ago

Malkin and Letang didn’t deserve raises watching this game! Defense is horrible on exit passes! Carolina is overrated they have no real skill players and look for garbage in front of the net! Pens earned their second place standing! Caps can beat Carolina and Pens can beat Rangers! Pens vs Caps again in divisional final! Florida vs Pens in final!

Dan N
Dan N
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

Seriously Alan…overrated? Yikes obviously you’re not watching the game the way most fans do…

Alan Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan N

Sorry but the Hurricanes never have any passing scores! Always junk in net! Tampa plays the same way! Aho then no one! If you like 2-1 games and overtimes cheer for Carolina! I live in Raleigh and went to the last game and they were the same team! Boring and no offensive team play! They are a defensive only team! The Pens are better! Yes I do watch a lot of games!

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

They have a lot of bad games…I didn’t see this as one of them. Love the D without Pettersson and Marino…

Carolina is one of the best teams in the league….is your criticism because they had a ton of shots? That’s what happens when you don’t play the 1993 whalers.

Pens main problem continues to be lack of finish. Score some goals on easy plays. They don’t. Powerplay is a mess now too…all you have to to is pressure them and meet the rusher at the line. Bylsma kinda easy to defend.

Alan Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

They are going to lose both of them anyhow! Three 25 year old stars will be there with Sid for 5 more years! Hard to win without quality younger players! I loved Letang and Malkin like everyone else but they need replaced for youth and size! Tell me Boyle and Carter are not great additions! Sorry but size has won the last four Cups!

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

You’ve lost your mind. A one line team is useless in the playoffs. Guaranteed. And carter and Boyle are about 40

Dan N
Dan N
2 months ago

Did Malkin even play the last 10 minutes…I think he’s playing injured…wouldn’t surprise me if he’s out of the lineup for a bit

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan N

Sullivan doesn’t put him out in close games…which wouldn’t be necessary if he had a winger that he had any idea where he’d be the rest of the game? Wouldn’t be 1 goal games. No instincts on his wings for about 12 of 15 seasons

Dan N
Dan N
2 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

I just noticed he wasn’t in the handshake line after the game also

Jackmccrory
Jackmccrory
2 months ago

Three shots on goal in the 3rd not including the two empty nets is not measuring up it’s pathetic. Plus they continued to have problems getting the puck out of their end of the rink. They got away with a lot of bad play in this game.

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jackmccrory

If they tried to score in the third…they would have lost. Because they aren’t that great at scoring – frankly. Mario would have 4 points and lose 7-5…a lot.

Alan Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Jackmccrory

Exit passing is the Pens biggest weakness! They can kill the passing and trap the puck but they really stink on exiting! Saw it plenty of times!

Ryan
Ryan
2 months ago

Jarry really is moving towards an elite nhl goalie. Which makes it such a shame they wasted a couple of years of 87/71 messing with Murray. Who was a lot more Chris Osgood than Marty…

It’s also why backup doesn’t matter…jarry has to be in the net for you to win. It’s that simple.

Paul
Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Until Jarry does it in the postseason, he hasn’t done it. #StillWaiting

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
2 months ago

Size does matter at times, the Boyle goal proves it, he took out his player nicely and a nice set-up from Blueger on his goal.

Alan Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Crazyhorse87

Pens need to trade for bigger players! Malkin and Letang should be traded right now for two or three quality big defensemen or forwards!

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
2 months ago

Yikes wow the core is going nowhere only deadline is Kapanen gone not sure if they can get bigger Sullivan must like little players

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
2 months ago

So from reading the comments it looks like the Pens lost today. Am I correct?

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Yes, Yinzers a plenty.

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Newborn fans lack hockey knowledge it was not perfect but a nice win

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

Great move by Sully to put the players on notice. Too many passengers the last two months and not enough drivers. Either get on board or fight the media for free food in the press box.

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