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Strong Start Fizzles, Colorado Breezes Past Penguins 6-4

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Pittsburgh Penguins game, lose to Colorado Avalanche 6-4

Second verse same as the first. Saturday, Colorado beat the Penguins 3-2, but the Penguins carried the play. On Tuesday night, the Penguins carried the play in the first period, but Colorado eventually overwhelmed the Penguins in the second and beginning of the third period. The Penguins scored a pair of garbage time goals, but lost 6-4 at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

The New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden await on Thurday.

The rematch had a similar flavor. From the opening puck drop, the Penguins outshot Colorado 20-11 in the first period and outchanced them 12-4, but the opening stanza ended 1-1.

And just like Saturday, the Avalanche claimed a 3-1 lead in the second period before the Penguins could respond.

A few minutes into the game, based on your point of view, Colorado may have been gifted an odd-man rush when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was tripped while handling the puck in the offensive zone.

Colorado capitalized as Nathan MacKinnon stormed the Penguins zone, uncovered, and slid a pass across the crease to Mikko Rantanen, but Bryan Rust tried to defend the pass. Instead, Rust the pass deflected off Rust’s outstretched stick and into the net. MacKinnon (23) was given credit for his first goal of the game.

The backbreaker was on the way.

The Penguins controlled the rest of the period, and two minutes later, Rust was redeemed. On a three-wide rush led by Sidney Crosby, defenseman Marcus Pettersson set up as the trailer. Pettersson let loose a slap shot from the top of the zone, and Rust (23) snapped the rebound home.

Colorado owned the second period.

After limiting the Penguins to just a couple of shots in the first 10 minutes. Midway through the period, Colorado scored the go-ahead goal. Alex Newhook breezed past the flatfooted Pettersson to the Penguins net. Tristan Jarry made the save on Newhook, but in the chaos, Teddy Blueger lost his man–J.T. Compher (14) popped the rebound into the waiting twine.

Nathan MacKinnon (24) whipped a fadeaway wrister through traffic and over Jarry’s shoulder two minutes later. 3-1.

The Penguins finally pushed back late in the second period. Evan Rodrigues (E-Rod to Jim Colony) blocked a shot at the defensive blue line and cut behind two defenders near the Avalanche net. His chipped backhand fluttered through the crease. Bodies and sticks piled up, and it dribbled over the line, likely with the help of an Avalanche stick. Rodrigues got the goal (18) and needs just two more of a 20-goal season.

However, the President’s Trophy leading Colorado Avalanche scored 61 seconds into the third period. Josh Manson (5) beat Jarry from the point. Late in the third period, Daren Helm (7) sent the fans to the aisles when he finished a two-on-one against a stickless Mike Matheson.

This was just the fifth time this century the Penguins played back-to-back games against a Western Conference team.

With Jarry pulled in the final minutes, Jake Guentzel (33) deflected a Jeff Carter deflection.

Then Mike Matheson slipped a long shot through traffic for the Pittsburgh Penguins fourth goal.

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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.

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DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago

Kappy’s value to the team is distributing Get-Go snacks at intermission.

Dave Heyl
Dave Heyl
1 month ago

Wild card position here we come!!!

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
1 month ago

He has no value sadly he collects a pay check

Ryan
Ryan
1 month ago

Well that was a classic bylsma game…go nuts in the first, don’t score…then get ground into the ice the rest of the game.

Playoff form

Wasnt
1 month ago

Not sure why but the Avs played almost like they felt sorry for the Pens. I know you can’t win them all but if you can make them sweat or get nervous but it never came close. Now the Rangers ugh

Mike K
Mike K
1 month ago

Still thinking Carter with Malkin and Rakell is a bad idea. They continue to play slow, Malkin and Carter are oil and water, and Malkin’s worst individual play all season continues to come when he plays with Carter. One other unfortunate side effect is that Kapanen is a mess again. I get the idea that Carter seemed like the ‘safe’ option to replace Zucker, but Malkin isn’t fast and Rakell isn’t fast. Neither plays an especially heavy game. Ergo, you need a third wheel who’s going to play heavy OR fast so Malkin and Rakell have a tiny sliver of… Read more »

Ethan
Ethan
1 month ago

Try not to be a regular naysayer as they seem surplus to requirements on this forum, but starting to see an accumulation of 3 to 2 scores with Pens on the losing end. So tonight was 6 to 4 but that is really just double 3 to 2. So reading the tea leaves can’t help but feel like Pens will be down 3 to 2 games in the first round…also not sure what Sully saw in last game that made him go with exact same lines–CO looked better in first and low and behold still looked better in 2nd. About… Read more »

Ryan
Ryan
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

People are generally more Happy and do other stuff when things are going well, Dan

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