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Penguins Postgame: Big Guns Light it Up, Special Teams Mixed Bag in 6-2 Win

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The Pittsburgh Penguins boat raced the Arizona Coyotes in the first period. The score was 3-0, and the Penguins outshot Arizona 16-4. it would have been easy to let up or get distracted.

The Penguins won 6-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday, but it wasn’t the easy walk depicted on the scoreboard.

Get the Penguins postgame recap here.

The PHN+ Penguins report card here.

The Penguins did get a little bit sidetracked, but as Dan Kingerski notes from PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins’ best players carried them. Sidney Crosby had three points, including one goal. Evgeni Malkin had one goal and five shots. His line was oppressive with 11 scoring chances to just three allowed.

Tristan Jarry stopped 26 of 28 shots. The Penguins fired 53 at Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka. He might want to get used to that. It could be a long season in the desert.

Special teams were a mixed bag. The power play was impressive. The penalty kill…not so much. Head coach Mike Sullivan addressed both, but much more the PK struggles. The Penguins allowed a pair of power-play goals in five chances.

Get the five-minute Pittsburgh Penguins breakdown from PHN’s Dan Kingerski at the arena. PHN will be doing these for most games this season!

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David Heyl
David Heyl
1 month ago

Hey Dan let’s give Kapenan a little shout out. I liked him on the PK, keeps him in the game. It’s only 1 game & until we have a small body of work, 10 games, this could be the spark he needs. Pulling for him & Zucker to real show what they can do. They could be the difference makers early in the season.

Sk8r
Sk8r
1 month ago
Reply to  David Heyl

Wait to the 20 game mark, then 40, then ……

Brandon O
Brandon O
1 month ago

It’s amazing how quiet this comment board is when the team plays well. Where are people arguing that malkin is overpaid? That Archibald was a waste of a roster space? That Zucker shouldve been traded? That Kapanen should’ve been let go? Where are the people who think this team is old and slow and doesnt have enough “grit”. You want to see what a team full of grit and no skill looks like? Check out the team we just dominated.

maybeTROLLn
maybeTROLLn
1 month ago
Reply to  Brandon O

people. are. wild. Couldn’t have asked for a better opener to watch tbh. Let’s. Go. Pens!

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
1 month ago
Reply to  Brandon O

Lots to parse there after one game. Against Arizona. I don’t think Malkin is overpaid (now), he *was*. I’d rather they signed Trocheck and moved on. Shrug. Let’s hope 71 lights it up and plays most of the season. I worry about upcoming seasons when he’s pushing 40. Let’s hope the rumored salary cap numbers are accurate. (I assume leadership knew Sid wanted 71 and 58 back. If true, I’m fine with the signing. Sid needs to be happy.) I had no opinion on Archibald. I think signing 42, at all, was a mistake. That turned into a huge one… Read more »

Marc Badger
Marc Badger
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Young

J. Arch. 4 hits + 4 Shots. Least time on ice.

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