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Penguins Dominate & Pull Away; Crosby Scores Twice in 4-1 Win Over Coyotes

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Pittsburgh Penguins game, 4-1 win

The Pittsburgh Penguins (38-16-9) outskated, outshot, and generally peppered Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood. Despite the Penguins control, they didn’t get the game-winner until later in the third period.

Evgeni Malkin (11) planted his feet near the crease and whacked the puck, end over end, just over a sprawled Wedgewood. The Penguins center pounded the glass behind the net as thousands of Penguins fans roared at the Gila River Arena.

Late in the third period, Sidney Crosby scored from the crease, too. Crosby (21) finished Jake Guentzel’s chance and the Penguins glided to a 4-1 win at Gila River Arena on Saturday. Then Crosby (22) added the empty-net goal to salt the game.

It was a complete effort, though the Penguins’ lack of finish nearly cost them.

The Penguins thoroughly, completely, and utterly dominated the first period. Arizona only attempted 10 shots and got five on goal. The Penguins put 19 of their attempts on net and took 30 attempts.

Six Penguins had multiple shots in the first. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin had three shots on goal. The team had four high-danger chances and didn’t yield any, according to NaturalStatTrick.com.

However, the Penguins’ overwhelming shot advantage didn’t translate to goals for the third straight game. Arizona goalie Scott Wedgewood was the latest netminder to deliver a Gump Worsley performance.

The Penguins fired 14 more shots in the second period and finally scored. Actually, winger Kasperi Kapanen, whose last goal was Jan. 23, lit the lamp.

Early in the second period, Kapanen charged to the net. Center Jeff Carter threaded a pass through traffic to Kapanen (10), who chipped it into the yawning cage. Kapanen’s last goal was 20 games ago on Jan. 23 against Winnipeg. The winger kissed his blade as teammates mobbed him to celebrate the end of the slump.

However, the Penguins’ domination was for naught on the scoreboard.

Midway through the second period, Wedgewood denied Evan Rodrigues on a glorious scoring chance from the doorstep, and Arizona counterattacked. Clayton Keller (27) got behind the Penguins defense for a breakaway goal.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry seemingly made the save, but the puck trickled just across the goal line behind him.

The second period was more Penguins pressure, but not quite as lopsided as the first. The Penguins outshot Arizona 14-10 and outchanced them 13-8.

The Penguins ended the second period and began the first 59 seconds of the third period with a five-on-three power play. Evgeni Malkin hit the post, but the Penguins did not score.

Wedgewood was just short of perfect. He stopped 45 of 48 shots. Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry was not unchallenged, though his challenges were far fewer. Jarry stopped 20 of 21 shots for his 31st win of the season.

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Jason.C
Jason.C
1 month ago

I thought Nicolas Deslauriers would have been a nice piece for the pens seen he got delt to the wild. Hopefully Dan you have something on the trades taking place and maybe have heard a little birdie on what the pens might be up too?

Brandon o
Brandon o
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason.C

If we had, who would you sit to put him in? With Zucker and McGinn coming in for Z and Simon, that leaves one of Boyle/Kapanen/Heinen, with ZAR still in the mix. There was no fit for Deslauriers. They need a scoring winger and a better backup goalie instead of chasing “grit” 4th liners with what little assets we have.

Jason.C
Jason.C
1 month ago
Reply to  Brandon o

Obviously another player would be going out Like Kapanen clearing room and adding a depth d guy like Leddy. Kapanen does not fit here imo a 3rd for Nicolas Deslauriers
They probably would have to trade a prospect and a defense man too The way the pens lineup is currently is not good enough to win the cup they need a depth defenseman and they need a good Middle 6 guy and he would wreak havoc in front of the net that way the surrounding guys can score you can’t be the goalie straight up in the playoffs won’t happen

Last edited 1 month ago by JcNorthStar
Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Great get by Guerin in Deslauriers for a third-rounder. He’s a heavy hitter and accomplished penalty-killer who would have fit in well here. Billy G. has done a terrific job in Minny. Would be the Pens GM if Rutherford’s ego hadn’t gotten in the way. Wish Mario had stepped in to make it happen. No. 66 whiffed on an empty-netter.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Katz
Katz
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Sullivan would veto. Just fact not conjecture.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz

After the failed three-peat bid, Mario should have told Rutherford he had one more season on the job and to groom Guerin to take over in 2018-19. Rutherford (69 at the time) could have been offered another front office job in the organ-i-zation or the option to leave at that point. Instead, Rutherford drove the team into the ground before he quit. Now we’re left with an old nucleus and two guys in charge who don’t have the vision or know-how to change it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Jeff Young
Jeff Young
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

I’d love to know what caused Rutherford to “retire”. I like to think he wanted to move either Geno or Letang.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Young

I think he wanted a contract extension to make more shitty trades and contract extensions

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago

Nice win by the Pens since no one else will say it.

Jason.C
Jason.C
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

they are the worst team in the league they should win those…

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason.C

So the rule now is we should just gloss over wins against bad teams and talk only about trades only even though Dan’s article didn’t mention anything about trades? Please write slowly and don’t use big words so I can commit to memory your rules on the subject. Thanks and have a great evening.

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