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Radim Zohorna Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins injury problems thrust 24-year-old Czech Republic rookie Radim Zohorna into the lineup on Thursday night. Depleted by injuries, the Penguins are looking for offense from any and every source.

Evgeni Malkin, Jason Zucker, Brandon Tanev, and Kasperi Kapanen were out on Thursday.

Enter Zohorna.

Zohorna was the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins leading scorer at the time of his recall earlier this week. In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Zohorna had nine points (3g, 6a) in 11 games.

The Penguins signed the giant 6-foot-6, 220-pound winger from the Czech Republic in the offseason. Zohorna, the big winger who wears No. 67, scored in his first NHL game, in his first NHL period, on his first NHL shot. He buried a one-timer from Anthony Angello at 17:21 of the first period.

The Zohorna tally gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead during a period in which they were being outshot by the Buffalo Sabres.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now writer Shelly Anderson profiled Zohorna this week, with some help from PHN’s WBS Penguins sources.

Zohorna is making the adjustment from the large European rinks to the smaller North American ice surfaces.

“I had a really big problem with the ice because the players are so nearby me in the (offensive) zone,” Zohorna said on Tuesday. “Now it’s not so bad.”

Head coach Mike Sullivan also weighed in on Tuesday.

“This was the best impression we got of him, just to have him be part of a practice,” Sullivan said earlier this week. “Unfortunately, we’ve been playing so many games that we haven’t had an opportunity to get him in a team practice. I thought he did a real good job. He has good hockey sense. He has real nice hands. He can make plays.”

Zohorna sprang the Penguins fourth line with Frederick Gaudreau and Anthony Angello on a breakout earlier in the period with a between the legs breakout pass.

The Penguins fourth line was cycling well, and Angello controlled the puck behind the Buffalo net. His quick pass to Zohorna was quickly in the back of the net.

The Penguins began warmups by sending Zohorna on his customary rookie debut solo lap.

Radim Zohorna (1).

 

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Katz
Katz
3 months ago

Why the he!! Is Dan Potash doing in interview nowhere near any human being but rather remotely from a different area of the arena with Eric Stahl and wearing a mask? It’s dumb. Just as Jim Jimmerson singing the National anthem with no one near and wearing a mask. Pure theater. At least Caulfield and Rob King don’t play.

Last edited 3 months ago by Katz
BigBallsBob
BigBallsBob
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Who cares? Why complain about something that means so little in the grand scheme of things.

Katz
Katz
3 months ago
Reply to  BigBallsBob

Because we cannot attend games and that makes sense. We wear masks in public and that makes sense. We are getting vaccinated and that’s wonderful. But to have to watch someone obviously wear a mask when it makes zero sense unless a camera or microphone are contagious seems more for appearances than mitigation. It’s condescending and cynical. So if Potash was doing the exact same interview by telephone without a camera would he wear a mask? And if not, and he would not, ask yourself why is he wearing one when he is on camera? And there is only one… Read more »

Bill Maloni
Bill Maloni
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Relax and enjoy the Pens’ play.

BigBallsBob
BigBallsBob
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

There could be a myriad of reasons. Your mind is being clouded by your desire to nitpick and be upset over trivial indiscretions.
Maybe pulling your mask up and down constantly is bothersome to these folks. Maybe they didn’t feel like another round in the makeup chair.
Either way, not many are going to be bothered enough by it to complain on the local hockey blog.
Like Bill mentioned, relax and enjoy the game… that’s the whole point.

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