After a pair of mistake-filled games in Philadelphia last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins had long stretches of offensive cohesion, only a few bad penalties against the Washington Capitals Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. The team began to look like a team capable of competing in the East Division. Actually, they looked like a good team.
The Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Penguins had the unlikeliest list of goal scorers in a long time. Evan Rodrigues, Colton Sceviour, and Marcus Pettersson scored goals before Jake Guentzel’s shootout winner.
How about that for an unlikely list?
The Penguins overcame their mistakes to find the tying goals twice, and, most importantly, they held their own zone. The glaring errors which spotted the games in Philadelphia were mostly erased. The mistakes were gone after coaches Mike Sullivan, and Todd Reirden swapped Marcus Pettersson and Juuso Riikola in the second period.
“Sometimes, you’ve got to change things up, find different partners,” Pettersson said. “I don’t think me and Johnny (Marino) had a particularly good start, so I think the change was good.”
Riikola played with Marino for most of the second half of the game. At best, Pettersson and Marino were wobbly and were victimized on the second Washington goal but nearly burned other times. It wasn’t a good day for them, but the change elevated both.
One note, defenseman Mike Matheson was not a scratch. He was injured on Friday against Philadelphia, and Sullivan termed his absence as “longer term.”