The standouts, the wrinkles you may see against the Rangers, and the reaction from PHN Editor-in-Chief Dan Kingerski from PPG Paints Arena. The PHN Pittsburgh Penguins postgame:
Marcus Pettersson turned aside criticism and slipped past Columbus Blue Jackets for three points and one of his best games with the Penguins. Evan Rodrigues smiled broadly when PHN asked him if he was conscious that his first-period goal was No. 19, and the next one would have pushed him to the 20-goal plateau. The Penguins beat Columbus 5-3, but the game was important for more reasons than the score.
You can see the postgame press conference with Brian Boyle and Rodrigues on the PHN YouTube channel.
Pettersson had one goal and two assists. His lanky 6-foot-4 frame and long stick were immediately visible, taking space atop the offensive zone or flanking the rush.
Poor Rodrigues. After scoring early in the first period, he took the paint off the crossbar, was denied on the spin-o-rama, and Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins kicked aside a glorious one-time chance in the third period.
Brian Boyle, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins. With a little bit of irony, the only Pittsburgh Penguins line to not score was the top line with Sidney Crosby.
Casey DeSmith made 33 saves, and the Penguins fired 50 shots on net. Get the postgame breakdown from PPG Paints Arena.