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.
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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.
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