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‘One of Those Games’: PHN Extra Penguins Report Card vs. Sharks



Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin
(Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The San Jose Sharks swallowed the Pittsburgh Penguins whole. Their lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When they come at you, they don’t seem to be living until they bite you. The Sharks just kept coming and in spite of all the pounding and the hollering, they rip you to pieces. San Jose easily beat the Penguins 5-2 at the SAP Center, Tuesday night.

Apologies to the great Robert Shaw for paraphrasing one of his extraordinary Jaws soliloquies but the Penguins needed a bigger boat. San Jose Sharks outclassed the Penguins in all three zones, in all phases and did so with more speed.

I thought we got outplayed. We got outplayed in every area of the rink. We weren’t good enough. I know we’re better than that. I know we’re capable of being a much better team,” said head coach Mike Sullivan. 

The Sharks swarmed the Penguins low-to-high game and disrupted the pass to the high zone, which resulted in a few two-on-ones. The Penguins remained a bit stubborn through the first period and continued trying. And it kept feeding the San Jose transition game.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.