The Pittsburgh Penguins feed on adversity the way termites feed on pine, Kardashians on publicity, and sports writers on drama. With the Penguins’ top defenseman, Kris Letang, out for the near future due to a stroke suffered a week ago, young defenseman P.O Joseph has played his best games of the season.
Probably his best pair of games since his initial call-up two seasons ago.
“…There’s no point in trying to be a hero and try to save the world,” Joseph said Monday.
Joseph, 23, played nearly 18 minutes in the Penguins’ 6-2 win over St. Louis Saturday. As in the previous game, he made several power moves off the offensive blue line toward the opponent’s net to create offensive chances. He finished with one assist, but five shots, in the last two games.
After three seasons with the WBS Penguins and pushing to make his NHL address permanent, P.O Joseph doesn’t wear a cape, but is he taking that big leap over tall buildings in his development and accessing the wealth of natural talent?