The Pittsburgh Penguins not only rallied from down two goals for a big win over the Tampa Bay Lightning but also celebrated a historic feat by goalie Tristan Jarry, who scored the first-ever Penguins goalie goal. We’ve got a full breakdown of the game, the video, and the locker room reaction. Also in the Daily, the Calgary Flames traded Nikita Zadorov and are putting more players on the NHL trade block. Daily Faceoff laid out the top Maple Leafs trade potentials, and Corey Perry apologized to everyone with some explanation of what led to the events causing his contract termination.
The Penguins win over Tampa Bay is one of those kinds of games that can launch a winning streak. They’ve had a couple of big wins against the Atlantic Division teams. They’ll get a chance to beat a Metro Division team Saturday when they host the Flyers. They need to start beating Metro teams, aside from the Capitals and Blue Jackets.
The game was also one of a handful this season that I’ll watch on TV. I really like Colby Armstrong’s TV presence (but I haven’t seen him as a color analyst), and this week was the first time I got to see Mike Rupp do games in the booth. Rupp is really good. He spots the little nuances very quickly. It’s similar to a Canadian broadcast with a high level of nuance and explanation. I like it.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Thursday, coaches moved John Ludvig up to the Kris Letang pairing. Thursday afternoon, we profiled Ludvig, his game, and his chances and challenges of sticking in the Penguins lineup.
Ludvig playing with Letang means he can play on his natural left side. Ludvig is gaining trust. I wish I’d waited one more day to write the piece. From Lars Eller joining the power play (which I suggested as an experiment on Wednesday) to Ludvig gaining ice time, I’m on a roll this week.
The Penguins rallied to beat the Bolts with just a bit of help from a great performance by Tristan Jarry, culminating in a goalie goal. The Penguins game recap.
The report card is free for everyone today. Thank you to all of the new recent subscribers who joined this rebellious group. The grades are generally pretty good. We weighted the turnaround ahead of the horrible first period. How the Penguins did it, what they changed, and the small details in the Penguins report card.
Here you go — you can watch Tristan Jarry’s goal.
And the Penguins room celebrated Jarry’s goal and Jeff Carter’s first tally of the season. Even Sidney Crosby was a bit in awe of the Jarry moment. Check out the raw video and reaction from the Penguins locker room.
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NHL Trade, News, & National Hockey Now
Calgary Hockey Now: The first big trade of the season, but the second trade in a few days. The Vancouver Canucks acquired big defenseman Nikita Zadorov. The details of the Calgary Flames trade.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports that Flames GM Craig Conroy has a contract in place with defenseman Noah Hanafin but is instead putting the d-man on the NHL trade block with knowledge of the agreed price.
Philly Hockey Now: The grades are in — the Flyers scored a pair of goals late in the game to force overtime with the Devils but lost anyway. Coach John Tortorella also benched Joel Farabee for the entire game and gave a stern answer when asked why, “None of your business.” It’s always a wild ride with the Philadelphia Flyers.
New Jersey Hockey Now: Jack Hughes keeps getting asked the same questions about last year. He’s pushing back as the New Jersey Devils fight for a turnaround.
Chicago Hockey Now: The latest in Chicago–Corey Perry released a statement heavy with apology.