The Pittsburgh Penguins fought the Florida Panthers to draw in regulation; Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored the game-tying goal with under a minute remaining to force overtime and earn the Penguins a point.
However, the Florida Panthers won in a shootout, 3-2 at PPG Paints Arena.
PHN’s Dan Kingersk dove headfirst into the Penguins’ power play, Malkin’s play and shuffling around the lineup, Erik Karlsson, and what he liked about the Penguins’ effort. It was a different kind of game in which the Penguins had eight power plays but only scored in the first two minutes and the last minute. Florida hit three crossbars and anything that moved.
The Penguins hit back, but generally a little smarter.
“I thought our guys did a great job,” coach Mike Sullivan said of the Penguins’ ability to avoid retaliatory penalties.
However, the Penguins’ power play was 1-for-8 and desperately needed another goal that was only achieved late in the game with the extra attacker. Kingerski delivers the postgame from PPG with additional thoughts on coach Mike Sullivan and the Penguins situation.