Nelson Again, Penalty Prone Penguins Dropped by NYI 4-3 in OT
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Nelson Again, Penalty Prone Penguins Dropped by NYI 4-3 in OT

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(PHN) — Brock Nelson beat the Pittsburgh Penguins again. Nelson scored two goals including the overtime game-winner Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. Nelson (7, 8) did it again Thursday in Brooklyn when he scored the go-ahead goal in the final five minutes then again scored the OT game-winner. The Penguins score in the final seconds forced overtime, but it wasn’t enough. New York earned points in 16 straight games and have 15 wins in that span as they beat the Penguins 4-3 in overtime at Barclays Center.

Patric Hornqvist returned to the lineup for the Penguins after missing the last six games due to a lower body injury. The Penguins and Hornqvist (6) crashed the net in the final seconds to tie the game and force overtime. On his knees, Hornqvist poked the puck through New York goalie Tomas Greiss.

Nelson’s late third period goal was a power-play goal from the faceoff circle. As Nelson and Penguins center Teddy Blueger fished for the puck, Nelson got a clean look and whipped top-shelf past Penguins goalie Matt Murray. Nelson drug the puck around Murray in OT for the winner.

“He stayed patient. He had two or three chances to shoot it,” Murray said. “He held onto it and made a nice play.”

The Penguins received another injury scare in the first period. On a day when the Penguins announced Nick Bjugstad would be out for eight weeks, and defenseman Justin Schultz would be out longer-term with a lower body injury suffered at practice on Wednesday, top-line winger Jake Guentzel appeared to dodge serious injury but was forced to leave the game midway through the first period. Guetnzel was cross-checked in front of the New York net as recalled Penguins defenseman Zach Trotman unleashed a slapshot.

The shot hit the fallen Guentzel on the back of the neck or top of the shoulders. He returned for the start of the second period but took two minor penalties on the same play midway through the second period. First, Guetnzel received a roughing penalty, then was assessed another two minutes for his negative opinion on the matter.

New York scored on the second of the two penalties. Anthony Beauvillier (8) snapped Derick Brassard’s rebound past Penguins goalie Matt Murray. Brassard has a five-game point streak (1g, 8a).

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Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins best foot forward. Just one minute into the game, Malkin (4) dove to poke a rebound past New York goalie Tomas Greiss. The Penguins controlled the first several minutes of the game with puck possession and shots.

The Penguins also scored in the first minute of the second period. Bryan Rust outraced everyone for a loose puck in the neutral zone which resulted from a New York turnover in the offensive zone. Rust (8) rushed the New York zone and sniped the top corner over Greiss from the left-wing circle.

It was a gritty, tight-checking game and the goals reflected the style of play. Later in the first period, New York tied the game when New York defenseman Scott Mayfield’s (3) shot deflected off Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese.

Aston-Reese was pushed to the Penguins scoring line in Guentzel’s absence.

Nearly half of the second period was played on special teams. New York had three power-play chances including the curious calls on Guentzel and the Penguins had one. Despite the power-play chances, the shot clock showed only 32 total shots, including 18 for the Penguins. Overall, New York had seven power-play chances and scored two power-play goals. The Penguin, conversely, had only three chances.

“If we don’t take that many, we probably end up with a better result,” Murray said.

The overall shot clock was 26-24 in the Penguins’ favor.

Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist was back in the lineup after missing the last six games due to a lower body injury. Defensemen Zach Trotman and Chad Ruhwedel completed the Penguins blue line in Schultz’s absence and Juuso Riikola was a healthy scratch.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. BIG B

    November 21, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Thank my stars that Murray was there again with a solid 833sv% again tonight well we will hear how it was not his fault again that OT goal was sckening but he is the worst OT goalie i have ever seen.I hope the comments show up this time DAN well about 50% is pretty good.With tonight Murray should drop into 31st place in SV% not bad for 31 teams.He cost this game the last game the Boston game the NJ game the first Winnipeg game etc.He put the team behind the 8 ball last year with his horrendous start and he is doing it again, he is getting goal support and shot suppression, his glove sucks as does his latteral movement and he is dull as dirt.

    • Dan Kingerski

      November 21, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Bob, no one deletes your comments. However, BOB, your seemingly vested interest in proving yourself correct with exclusively negative comments doesn’t add much.

  2. BIG B

    November 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Not deleting Dan they are not going through after i post and i usually leave postitive comments defending players like JJ and others and this is my first exclusive negative comment on anybody and nice try but the name is not Bob its Bern.Well my comments after the last game were much more negative about Murray who i like but he is costing the team and you don’t put a positive spin on bad play, maybe i should not have called him dull but he seems to be so,he needs to show some fire once in a while.There is a reason this team still misses MAF and it is more for his personality than his superior GOALTENDING.

    • Dan Kingerski

      November 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      My apologies, then!

  3. BIG B

    November 21, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Just posted a rebutal that did not go through again

  4. Big B

    November 21, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    now it went through

  5. Big B

    November 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Laffert is going to find his way back to the minor as he tried to press for a goal the last game instead of a dump to kill the Rust penalty and tonight he took a needless penalty that almost coast them a point, thanks Horny for the big goal.

  6. Hatrick Pornqvist

    November 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Murray has been very average lately. He’s done great things for us in the past obviously but he’s certainly not above criticism as he has cost us several wins this year. Generally the best goalies stop what they can see and give their team a chance every night. I’m not sure that description fits Murray lately.

    It’s gonna start breaking the Internet soon if Jarry keeps up his stellar play. There are several places online where Murray is an untouchable saint who shall not be criticized but one of my favorite things about PHN is the lack of bias. You can even say JJ had a good game here without the site yelling back at you lol.

    In the end, with all these injuries I think we are performing very well. The only real worry I have is getting healthy. Personnel is good enough to win a cup. Hopefully we hang around in the standings and eventually get healthy. Should be fairly well rested this year at least.

  7. Carol Bigalke

    November 21, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Murray is terrible. He couldn’t stop a beach ball right now. He just can’t seem to make a save when his team needs him. Great goalies do.

  8. dweth2

    November 21, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    With 7 or 8 penalties, whatever it was, way too many so I don’t really put the blame on Murray for this one. Let’s not forget the Pens had a chance to win this game even with their best player and two of the top defensemen out. I think their play has been outstanding considering all the injuries. Murray needs a veteran back-up goalie, do you really think that Murray/Jarry/DeSmith are the answer to make a cup run……

    • Hatrick Pornqvist

      November 22, 2019 at 12:24 am

      Murray won his second cup in his rookie year. I don’t think a veteran back up has to be the answer. History is full of young goalies winning cups. From Murray to Binnington to Ward to Roy, it’s been done plenty of times. No reason a kid like Jarry can’t do it too. Now, I’m not saying that Jarry should steal Murray’s job or anything, just that I’m not remotely worried about the lack of a veteran back up.

  9. BIG B

    November 22, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Murray is now 31st in SV%.He has consistency problems and he would have 1 cup if MAF did not steal the first two rounds in the second cup year.He ended great last year but he put his team down early so he needs to be better and Sully needs to know when to give him a break.Early in MAF’S career coach Therrien was great at knowing when he was going bad and give him a couple of games off to work with Giles Meloche and get back on track.

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