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Penguins Report Card: Malkin Gallops, Gritty Pens Fight in Impressive Win (+)

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Let me save you the suspense, the Pittsburgh Penguins report card will be full of praise for Evgeni Malkin. The secondary scoring showed up, as well as the Penguins’ mean streak. From Evgeni Malkin tossing bodies to the floor before a breakaway goal, Kris Letang dropping the gloves, and Mark Friedman agitating the biggest, toughest Tampa Bay Lighting forward, it was a statement game.

And a loud statement by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 5-1 win at Amalie Arena.

“If we play the way we can and the way we want to and the way we know that we’re capable of, I think we can do some pretty good things,” Penguins winger Bryan Rust said.

Tampa Bay was not flat, nor did they play poorly. The Penguins played exceedingly well, and goalie Tristan Jarry again beat a Vezina Trophy favorite for the second time in three games. Jarry outdueled Andrei Vasilevskiy on Thursday. Last Sunday, he bested New York Rangers netminder Igor Shesterkin.

Get the Pittsburgh Penguins game recap here.

The Penguins did a few things well, which they’ve not recently been doing. The attention to a few details opened the game for the Penguins and put Tampa Bay behind the eight-ball. We’ll explain in the chalkboard, and player grades.

And Kris Letang fought Brayden Point. It was that kind of night.

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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.